N.C. officials to write definition of old profession – commercial fishing

North Carolina officials plan to write the definition of one of the state’s longest-standing professions – commercial fishing. The definition seems simple – a licensed person who sells seafood for money. But some anglers could be getting a commercial license just to allow them to catch more fish than they are supposed to, said Sam Corbett, chairman of the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission. “They’re going around the bag limits,” Corbett said. “It’s such a crazy issue.” click here to read the story 14:28

3 Responses to N.C. officials to write definition of old profession – commercial fishing

  1. Theo P. Neustic says:

    This has always been a problem here in kalifornia, at least for the past 45 years that I’ve been involved. Part timers, usually guys that have lucrative jobs with lots of time off. Firemen, school teachers and now, retirees purchase a commercial license. To either supplement their incomes or to just be able to take over the sport limits while getting the costs of their fishing “business” covered by their catch. There’s quite a fleet of them in the Morro Bay and Santa Barbara areas. Boats costing tens, to hundred of thousands of dollars operating to catch several hundred dollars of fish on fishing poles. There also use the full benefits of the property tax exemptions for commercial fishing boats to protect their sporty piss pots

    • Joel Hovanesian says:

      Sounds familiar. I thought Rhode Island was the only place this is happening. Part timers have to realize that every pound of quota’d fish they catch is a pound that full time fishermen can’t have. Individually it may not seem like much but collectively it adds up to a lot.
      Lot’s of double dippers who have taxpayer subsidized jobs and pensions only add insult to injury.

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