Sunday, December 29, 2019


I hear your frustration and I appreciate you reaching out to me.   I agree with you that NCDMF along with other acronyms involved with fishery  management need to wake up and listen to the voice of those anglers who fund their agencies with their fishing license dollars.

It is unacceptable for recreational anglers to be submitted to moratoriums and closed seasons when the reality is that these unfair and unproductive regulations are imposed on recreational anglers only for political leverage to implement more meaningful regulations on other sectors.

The recent recreational flounder moratorium, reduction in bluefish regulation to 3 fish, ridiculous red snapper rules,  pitiful one  fish limit for red drum and weakfish,  the recent striped bass moratorium on the Neuse, the decade long moratorium on Cape Fear River stripers and the recreational river herring harvest are all examples of how recreational anglers have unnecessarily been sacrificed in the name of “fairness”. 

Although I have often disagreed with their strategies, the Coastal Conservation Association CCA-NC, is the group of recreational anglers who has been most effective in lobbying for healthier fisheries.   With the help of a half million voices, they would surely be more effective in implementing change and better at supporting recreational anglers through the process.  

I am thankful that you are fired up and hope that you will reach out to David Sneed, who is copied here, and offer how you can help them reach that half million membership goal and other ways to maximize your voice in the process.

All the very best and many thanks for reaching out,

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From: brian 
Sent: Saturday, December 28, 2019 2:14 PM
Subject: Recreational Fishing

My name is Brian and live in NC. I'm a saltwater recreational fisherman and have quite a few friends that are also. We are very concerned with the new regulations that are being imposed on rec fishing by the NCDMF. We've been fishing Cape Lookout for 25+ years and are having a hard time understanding how rec fishing is hurting the fish population. We are looking for any guidance or organizations we could become a part of so NCDMF is hearing the voice from all of NC's rec fishermen and women. We see it as there may be a lot of politics involved. 
I personally feel like my GOD given rights are being taken away. I know one letter to NCDMF is not going very far, but the voice of half a million may.
Look forward to hearing from you.