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 elitists want our politicians to list the speckled trout, red drum and striped bass as “game fish.” That very name implies that they view these fish as toys. 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. Rep. [Darrell] McCormick sponsored the bill to list these three species as game fish in HB 353. He is the chairman of a committee holding hearings on the bill. 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 Rep. McCormick and politely ask him to immediately withdraw HB 353.
— Chris McCaffity