North Carolina’s Marine Fisheries are Failing
Historically, North Carolina’s sounds and estuaries were highly productive nursery areas that provided vital habitat to juvenile fish before they mature and have an opportunity to spawn and reproduce which benefited all fishing sectors and coastal communities.
Unfortunately, the Fisheries Reform Act (1997) has failed to rebuild or restore North Carolina fish stocks and has actually resulted in declines in virtually all fishery resources, some to the point of harvest moratoriums or endangered species status. Substantive changes are necessary to turn this tide.
We are providing 3 focused arenas of NC’s marine fisheries failures: