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Trawler slaughter in NC

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Did anyone see the slaughter of rock fish in NC? I think this will stir the pot in areas that try to protect this fish. check out TWS Bait and Tackle web site follow it to the you tube flick on this mess warning turn your volume down.

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Very sad to see. hopefully they will change some laws so this doesn't happen again.

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I wonder if they dumped these fish fearing they would be caught.. Quite a shame.

If you decide to watch this video, I recommend turning down your speakers.

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They dumped the fish because they are only allowed to keep 50 fish per day. They were culling all the bass and only keeping the largest 50 and throwing the rest overboard.

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what a shame. it really makes me sad that it takes something like this to get people talking about fisheries conservation. this should really open the eyes to some of the commercial boys out there and hopefully dc that there is a problem that needs to be addressed.

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Time to write some letters stating your disapproval with their laws. Here is a link to the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission the people who make the laws. Names and email addresses included. I did....step up and be heard!

NCMFC - NC Marine Fisheries Commission

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Still keeps going! The spring season in the CB and DB points north will feel the impact of this. Keep a log and compare it to last year and next year. How many of those fish were hatched in MD??? and what contribution does NC make in the Rockfish science and area of preservation for this resource? Not a rant just a thought.

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this this affected you in anyway or you just feel that with the way somethings are going/being managed these days may have a profound effect on your fishing future, i STRONGLY advise you to take a look at KeepAmericaFishing it offers a convenient, easy way to take action and get information out to your local and state officials and representatives to show them that as anglers we care for the environment and future of our sport. just co to the site above and click take action and fll out your name and location and it automatically will set you up with a prewritten but fully editable letter to your local representatives all the way up to obama himself. its a very easy thing to do and it really can make a difference tell your friends and fellow anglers! the more people the "louder" our voice is!

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Only in America when you commit a crime are you rewarded by law. NC changed their law alright to benefit the people that are committing the crime. Believe me if you or I discarded our catches like that they would fine you out the wazoo. This is hard to believe how stupid some people in our society really are. We are witnessing a collapse of a fishery and these ignorant people condone this by rewarding the commercial guy with an even bigger take of this resource.

Staff with the division is still investigating the incident but has been unable to confirm reports that commercial trawl fishermen were high-grading. High-grading occurs when a fisherman discards a previously-caught, legal-sized fish in order to keep a larger fish within the daily possession limit. While high-grading is not illegal, it is not an ethical fishing practice and the division does not condone it.

The division will replace the current 50-fish-per-day commercial trip limit, which has been in place for 15 years, with a 2,000-pound-per-day trip limit. To avoid the need to throw back dead fish, commercial fishermen will be allowed to transfer trip limits to other fishing vessels that hold a striped bass ocean fishing permit for the commercial trawl fishery. The transfers must be made in the ocean. ----- YEAH RIGHT!!!

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<CENTER>bannergif-1.jpg</CENTER>NRP Seize An Additional Half-Ton Of Illegally Caught Striped Bass

Reward Now Stands at $10,000; Fishery Remains Closed as Investigation Continues

Annapolis, MD (February 8, 2011) - On February 7, the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) confiscated more than 1,100 pounds of illegally caught striped bass. The discovery came within a week of pulling more than 10 tons of illegally caught striped bass from four illegally anchored gill nets near Bloody Point Light, south of Kent Island in the Chesapeake Bay.

NRP seized the latest 1,159 pounds from 1,200 yards of illegally anchored gillnet at the mouth of Eastern Bay, a mile south of the previously located Bloody Point gill nets. Officers also found 600 yards of illegally anchored gill net near Poplar Island that contained about 300 dead horseshoe crabs and a few live striped bass, which were released back into the Bay.

“Citizens across Maryland and up and down the East Coast continue to be appalled as more than 10 tons of illegally harvested rockfish — our State fish — have been pulled from the Chesapeake Bay over the past week,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “These violations are a shameful theft of the public trust, impacting a fishery we have worked long and hard to restore, our law-abiding watermen, and our sister states that share this important resource.”

“I want to commend the men and women of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources including the Natural Resources Police, Fisheries Service staff and ice-breaking crews for their management of these operations,” Governor O’Malley added. “I also want to applaud our stakeholder groups, who are contributing toward the reward that has been issued for information in this case. The public will be key to helping identify those who have committed these crimes.”

DNR and stakeholders, including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Humane Society of the United States, Coastal Conservation Association, the Maryland Watermen’s Association, the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen’s Association and the Maryland Charter Boat Association, have come together to offer a reward of $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a person or persons responsible for setting these anchored gill nets in the vicinity of Bloody Point Light. Funding for the reward will come from dedicated funding as well as contributions from these stakeholder groups, who are publicly denouncing these crimes.

Maryland’s commercial striped bass fishery is managed on a quota system, in cooperation with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission; the commercial gill net quota for February is 354,318 pounds. When the illegally harvested striped bass confiscated by the NRP were deducted from the quota, DNR was forced to immediately shut down the fishery. The fishery will remain closed until DNR can determine the extent of illegal nets out on the Bay and the amount of striped bass caught in those nets.

“The Fisheries Service is committed to reevaluating and enhancing the penalties associated with these types of egregious activities through our regulatory and legislative process,” said DNR’s Fisheries Service Director Tom O’Connell.

State Senator Brian Frosh has introduced a bill that would allow DNR to revoke a license if that licensee is issued a citation for a specified offense related to unlawfully taking striped bass or crabs.

Information on this crime may be called into the Natural Resources Police Catch-a-Poacher Hotline at 800-635-6124. Callers may remain anonymous.

Photos of last week’s seized rockfish are available at http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/dnrnews/pressrelease2011/020411_photos.asp.

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The carnage continues ....Now we have a slaughter in our back yard! I am curious to see what the #'s will be this year for recreation anglers and the charter boat captains. This could pose a large economic disaster for this region. No fish, No people, No capital.

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