Island Gazette

Do you like eating Trout, Drum, and Stripers?

The vast majority of North Carolinians are about to lose their freedom to eat three of the most popular and delicious fish that grace this beautiful State’s waters. A small handful of rich elitist want our politicians to list the Speckled Trout, Red Drum, and Striped Bass as “gamefish”.
That very name implies that they view these fish as toys for them to play with.
They would take our freedom to sell or eat these fish just to make their toys bigger and easier to play with.
This misguided law will force commercial fishermen to discard every illegal gamefish, dead or alive. These fish are public resources that should be available to everyone. Not just a privileged few! If you ever want to eat a Striped Bass, Speckled Trout, or Red Drum again without catching it yourself, let our public servants know. Representative McCormick sponsored the bill to list these three species as gamefish in H-353. He is the Chairman of a Committee holding hearings on H-353.
The people behind getting him to sponsor this bill have been contacting all of the relevant politicians to assure its passage.
I agree that these fish need better management, but this is not it. We can keep our freedom to eat these delicious and nutritious fish if enough concerned citizens will contact Representative McCormick and politely ask him to immediately withdraw H-353. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   (919) 733-5654 Please contact Governor Perdue also. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (800) 662-7952
Chris McCaffity

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