House Bill 353, which seeks game fish status for Red Drum, Speckled Trout, and Striped Bass, was filed in the North Carolina House today (March 15, 2011) on behalf of CCA NC. A game fish designation prohibits the taking of any species by means other than hook and line and also the sale of the species.
The continued decline in the Spotted Sea Trout stock, the directed commercial harvest of Red Drum, as well as the inability of the Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) to address wasteful commercial fishing practices of Striped Bass, figured highly in the decision to introduce this bill.
LINK ( Via: Ahab's Journal)
For those of us not from the Tar Heel state, an email to the office of Governor Bev Perdue @ email@example.com would send a strong message that there is widespread support for this bill.