Petition Update

NC Seafood Coalition Position on HB 983 (cont.)

NC Seafood Coalition

May 21, 2013 — NC Seafood Coalition concurs with NC Division of Marine Fisheries scientists that there is no biological evidence that gamefish designation will improve fish stocks or guarantee sustainable harvest in the future.

NC Seafood Coalition concurs with NC Division of Marine Fisheries scientists that growth in recreational fishing activity in NC is consistent with or greater than other South Atlantic states and disputes the Coastal Conservation Association’s claim that anglers avoid fishing in NC due to the lack of gamefish status designation.

NC Seafood Coalition advocates for the fair and responsible management of public trust resources for the benefit and enjoyment of all NC citizens, whether they are consumers, recreational fishermen or commercial fishermen.