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    Posted: 10 July 2018 at 11:09am
The letter below was submitted by the NC Wildlife Federation to the MFC as public comment for the May meeting.  It is spot on and certainly not rosy.

In the Draft Fiscal Note for the NCWF petition, what value does the NCDMF place on the loss of the spot, croaker, weakfish, southern flounder, summer flounder and bluecrab fisheries due to unsustainable bycatch in NC's estuarine shrimp trawl fishery?  They don't!









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NC Fisheries Management- Motto: Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad   Slogan: Shrimp On! Mission Statement: Enable Commercial Fishing At Any and All Cost, Regardless of Impact to the Resource.
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Hear, hear! "...vitriol FROM the primary user GROUP in our fishery make any meaningful reform unlikely under the current rules, statutes, AND PROCESSES." Fixed it for y'all!
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Letters like this are why the NC Wildlife Federation gets my money. 

The fact that the NCFA has their billboards on eastern bound roadways in NC, championing "Sustainability" is some of the biggest pile of bull$hit I have ever seen. Please show me an independent third party that will label their main methods of harvest as "sustainable".

These bycatch studies have been going on forever: https://ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/shrimp-projects/

But every year things must be studied more and analyzed more and this year it's the dolphin and the next year its the cormorant. 

The spot and the croaker that used to flood out of our estuaries every fall helped carry the lowest socioeconomic class through the winter. Thanks to king shrimp the folks that sit on 5 gallon buckets and fish every fall at places like Gallants channel are lucky to catch some little spot and maybe a few pin/lizard fish. 

When will someone finally say enough? 
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Preach it brother. No matter what you did in life the chances are you spent time somewhere on a five gallon bucket if you had an average eastern NC childhood. Fishing, hunting, ball game or country store most often included one. Heck the middle seat of many plywood boats was one. More versatile than a Dixie cup and equally as pleasing as the contents of a Solo cup. True southern heritage sold out for a few.
Shrimp trawling never stops in Pamlico Sound. It just pauses on the weekend so crabs can remove the dead and dying from the battlefield.
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