NC Seafood Coalition Position on HB 983
May 21, 2013 — NC Seafood Coalition opposes HB 983, the 2013 Fisheries Development Act, due to the provision that designates red drum, spotted sea trout, and estuarine striped bass as gamefish and prohibits harvest of those species by commercial fishermen who bring fish from the sea to shore for consumers.
NC Seafood Coalition supports the right of NC consumers to access healthy and nutritious wild-caught seafood, including red drum, spotted sea trout, and estuarine striped bass, in the marketplace. NC consumers should not be denied access to low fat, high protein food sources.
NC Seafood Coalition advocates for promotion of NC seafood as an important economic development strategy for the state. The fall 2012 survey of more than 1800 chefs by the National Restaurant Association found that locally sourced meats and seafood was the number one culinary trend predicted for restaurant menus in 2013.