Category: Fishing

Foreign pond-raised shrimp imports may devastate local seafood industry

OPEN LETTER TO CHAIRMAN ED RIGGS & PAMLICO COUNTY COMMISSIONERS By Jerry Schill I’ve been involved with commercial fishing since I started with the North Carolina Fisheries Association in 1987. While it’s been a roller coaster ride from a political…

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Southern Flounder season likely to reveal intentional blind eye on limits

By Easton Edwards Editor’s note: We thank Mr. Edwards for his insightful look at this controversial topic. His report has been gently edited. EASTERN NC – The 2022 Southern Flounder season has begun. I predict most anglers will turn a…

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Ouch! Season & Limit shrink for flounder

MOREHEAD CITY –The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries announced this week that the 2022 recreational flounder season will open at 12:01 a.m. Sept. 1 and close at 11:59 p.m. Sept. 30. The season will open with the following provisions for…

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Great Debate: Part 1

Be Careful What You Wish For

By Easton Edwards Editor’s note: Mr. Edwards is a regular contributor to this newspaper. We welcome his independent analysis of the complex and controversial debate involving commercial and recreational fishing in North Carolina.  NEW BERN – I attended the North…

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BUILD JOHN’S BOAT BACK | Trawler sinks. Man rescued by Coast Guard.

By Kenny Heath JONES BAY – John Cullember has had a tuff life. After years of struggling, he finally put enough money together to buy a small commercial fishing boat so he could try and make a living. With all…

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Massive closures loom | Shrimp Fleet in jeopardy

By Easton Edwards & Jeff Aydelette EMERALD ISLE – The culprit is Amendment 2 to North Carolina’s Shrimp Fishery Management Plan, which contains proposed closures to areas now worked by the state’s shrimp fleet. The nine-member Marine Fisheries Commission meets…

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Fisheries Management: Process vs. Wants

By Easton Edwards EASTERN NC – The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission – the nine-member governing board for the state’s Division of Marine Fisheries – held its quarterly meeting Thursday, Aug 26 – still ‘virtual’ due to Covid. Small mesh…

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ECC board moves decisively, as details emerge

NEW BERN – Grady Quattlebaum, PLCC, a new law firm formed in early August of last year by former Sumrell Sugg attorneys Arey Grady and Jill Quattlebaum, abruptly resigned as the legal firm for the Eastern Carolina Council on July…

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Recreational catch dwarfs commercial across many fish species

By Easton Edwards | News Opinion EASTERN NC – In 2020, recreational anglers once again caught more numbers and poundage of targeted fish species in North Carolina. The recently released Annual Fisheries Bulletin put out by the NC Division of…

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You guessed it – flounder season shrinks

Editor’s note: For a more in-depth look at the flounder debate, see our feature story in the June 17 issue of County Compass, available online at www.compassnews360.com  MOREHEAD CITY –The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has adjusted the recreational and…

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Recreational Anglers drastically over-fish Flounder Target for 2020

By Easton Edwards EASTERN NC – I listened in on the May quarterly business meeting of the Marine Fisheries Commission with a keen interest on the Southern Flounder catch numbers. I have previously stated (and basically bet my fellow fishermen)…

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