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Stand Up for NC Seafood!

Stand Up for NC Seafood!
Like the salty air we breathe, the waters of our region – the sounds, rivers, marshes and oceans- belong to everyone.

We all have a stake in how our waters are regulated, but no one has the right to use those resources to the exclusion of others.

Recently Seaview Crab Company held an event connecting the hardworking comercial fishermen to the people who enjoy their harvest.

Joe Romano, co-owner of Seaview Crab Company, took the opportunity to share some information about the future of commercial fishing with the crowd.

“For well over 200 years, North Carolina fishermen have been harvesting seafood that has amounted to billions of wholesome meals for American citizens,” Romano said.

“In recent years, commercial fishermen – the men and women who provide fresh local seafood to the general public – are in jeopardy.

The truth is NC seafood access is in trouble.

Why? Simply put, regulations designed or influenced by a powerful minority of lobbyists threaten the efforts of our local fishermen to bring seafood to your dinner tables.

In the past six years, four major issues have been driven by special interest groups. The special interests use legal action to obstruct the fisheries management process.

Each group has different motivations, but they always have the financial backing of a few well-funded sport fishing lobbyists.

This small splinter group of sport fishermen does not represent most recreational fishermen.

How many of you out there love Fresh Carolina Shrimp, Flounder, Red Drum, Speckled Trout, Croakers and Spots?

In recent years, these same lobbyists have used half-truths and faulty scientific analysis to mount political campaigns to eliminate or reduce the commercial fishermen’s ability to harvest those species.

Worse still, the lobbyists have infiltrated the state Marine Fisheries Commission designed to put fair, sustainable fishing laws into effect.

In our state, no one owns the seafood or our public trust waters; the state is trusted with the power to manage sustainable seafood harvest for all citizens.

When regulation and legislation unfairly targets commercial fisherman, we as citizens lose access. It’s not merely the commercial fisherman’s livelihood that suffers; It’s the seafood markets, the fragile seafood infrastructure, and most importantly the ordinary citizens who rely on the efforts of commercial fisherman for their seafood.”

If you are interested in helping to ensure future public access to fresh local seafood, then please get involved. Contact the Marine Fisheries Commission Chairman, our state representatives and our new governor to tell them that Commercial Fishermen, like our farmers, need support and an equal voice.

Let’s take a stand for North Carolina Seafood!

To hear Joe Romano’s entire speech, click here:

https://youtu.be/CnvsBUXVT3w

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Senator Michael V. Lee

16 W. Jones Street, Room 2111 Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
(919) 715-2525

Michael.Lee@ncleg.net

Senator Bill Rabon

300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 311 Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
(919) 733-5963

Bill.Rabon@ncleg.net

Representative Holly Grange

300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 638 Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 919-733-5830

Holly.Grange@ncleg.net

Representative Susi H. Hamilton

16 W. Jones Street, Room 1313 Raleigh, NC 27601-1096 919-733-5754

Susi.Hamilton@ncleg.net

Representative Ted Davis, Jr.

300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 418B Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 919-733-5786

Ted.Davis@ncleg.net

Chairman Sammy Corbett

Marine Fisheries Commission (Commercial Representative)

910-620-1804

samjcorbett3@gmail.com

North Carolina Office of the Governor

20301 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

(919) 814-2000

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