Examiner.com and various recreational fishing groups along the coast are up in arms—again—over the killing of thousands of striped bass off the coast of North Carolina.
In recent days, North Carolina commercial trawlers have been witnessed tossing thousands of dead striped bass overboard as they “high-grade” for the largest bass while staying within the legal 50-fish limit. The wasteful practices of the trawlers have been captured on a video that has been posted on YouTube and making the rounds of sport-fishing and environmental websites, blogs and online forums.
While striped bass stocks have been deemed ”healthy” “not overfished” by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, anglers up and down the coast, and especially in New England, have noticed an alarming decline in the catch of smaller fish.
Here’s an except from the Examiner article:
Commercial fishermen trawling off of the Outer Banks of North Carolina are slaughtering thousands of striped bass in “culling” operations and tossing them overboard, trying to keep larger stripers and remain under their 50-fish limit.
Both recreational anglers and smaller operation commercial fishermen have been aghast at the actions of the trawlers, who are wiping out massive schools of stripers and discarding smaller fish to stay under the state 50-fish creel and maximizing their profits.
A video of the striper carnage has been posted on YouTube showing some of the thousands of floating dead fish left in the wake of the trawlers. Outer Banks fishermen who are witnessing the fish kill have been taking to message boards and calling authorities to protest this striped bass massacre.
“It’s an atrocity,” said Captain Aaron Kelly, a top striper guide with over 15 years of experience on the Outer Banks. “It’s gone on before but I think this was the first time it was in front of such a large crowd.”
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