North Carolina’s HB 983,(anti commercial fishing bill) like so much state policy, is based on bogus science

Beaufort Observer Online – Why would any legislator, especially a conservative “small-government” Republican even consider such an idea? The answer they give is in the bill itself, which reads:

Whereas, the General Assembly recognizes the importance of providing plentiful fishery resources to maintain and enhance tourism as a major contributor to the economy of the State; and Whereas, the General Assembly recognizes the need to protect our coastal fishery resources and to balance the commercial and recreational interests through better management of these resources; and …”

But here’s the problem.  There is no valid or reliable scientific evidence that banning the commercial fishermen from catching these species will “provide plentiful fishery resources.” continued