Category Archives: MARINE FISHERIES

Trawlers, well-organized opposition make convincing case not to monkey with state’s shrimping industry

Fishing vessels made for a spectacular sight Tuesday morning, as seen from the Neuse River Bridge. NEW BERN – Three dozen fishing vessels – most massive, some tiny – dropped anchor Tuesday within a stone’s throw of Riverfront Convention Center, sending an unmistakable message to North Carolina fishing regulators that shrimp trawls must remain a viable component of the state’s seafood industry. #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 100%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .g…

Imports killing local shrimp industry

Tariffs on five countries could turn tide Photo credit: R.E. Mayo Seafood, Hobucken, N.C. By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer WASHINGTON, D.C. – American shrimpers, including those in eastern North Carolina, could get a major shot in the arm later this month if a federal agency approves, as is expected, significant new duties on imported shrimp products from China, Ecuador, India, Malaysia, and Vietnam. In many parts of the country, consumers often buy the cheapest shrimp product, without checking the country of origin. That economic fact often dictates how much is paid for ‘wild-caugh…

Commercial fishing interests lambaste ‘ game fish ’ proponents . . .

  How is it the right thing to do? By Robbie J. Mercer | Special to the County Compass EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA – I have been a commercial fisherman for 35 years and there is more Red Drum, Spotted Trout & Striped Bass than I have ever seen in the N.C. waters. Commercial fishing and farming has been a way of life in coastal North Carolina for hundreds of years. Not everyone has the same opinion as you, Mr. Tim Hergenrader. To a lot of Commercial Fishermen, this has been a way of life for generations. This is not a hobby for them. Working these local waters has been a way for them to provide for their…

‘ Game fish ’ right thing to do, says reader

  Tim Hergenrader By Tim Hergenrader | Special to the County Compass Editor’s note: Monday night, the Pamlico County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution opposing a proposed law that would outlaw the commercial catch of red drum, spotted sea trout, and striped bass. EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA — In response to the commentary piece in The Beaufort Observer section of last week’s County Compass, House Bill 983 — Fisheries Economic Development Act — is not an attempt to force commercial fishermen out of business because they can’t control wha…

Pound nets proposed for area waters

ORIENTAL — State fishing regulators announced this week that Keith Bruno, owner of Endurance Seafood in Oriental, has applied for permission to set two separate ‘pound nets’ in Pamlico and Craven Counties at the following locations: 1) Neuse River, SW of Wiggins Point in Pamlico County. This set will be perpendicular to the shore, with a length of approximately 387 yards with one pound. 2) Neuse River, Garbacon Shoal in Carteret County. This set will be perpendicular to the shore, with a length of approximately 260 yards with one pound. Public comments relative to these pr…

Regulators seize illegal nets

  Special to the County Compass PANTEGO – Just before sunrise on Dec. 6, officers from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries raided an allegedly illegal gill net operation, set in Pantego Creek where inland waters are closed to all types of netting. Jon Foreman was charged with illegally setting nets in inland waters; possession of elicit fish with intent to sell; no navigation lights, and an improper commercial registration for his boat. Foreman’s four small-mesh nets, totaling approximately 500 yards in length, had…
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