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Commentary: Spread the blame for proposed license change

Jerry Schill, Director of Government Relations for the North Carolina Fisheries Association, offers a response to Russ Lay’s commentary “CCA, GOP to blame for proposed license change”>click to read< on the proposed changes to eligibility rules for commercial fishing licenses in North Carolina. Back in December 2016, the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission sent a letter under the signature of Chairman Sammy Corbett to every member of the General Assembly requesting that they take a look at changes for commercial fishing licenses. >Click here to read the letter< To my knowledge, not one member of the General Assembly made any effort in 2017 to act on the MFC’s request. So where’s the boogeyman here, either Republican or Democrat? >click to read< 20:10

Maritime Angels to help fishing families

When Aundrea O’Neal, bookkeeper for the N.C. Fisheries Association, heard there were commercial fishing families who needed help for Christmas, she went into action. She approached the board of the N.C. Fisheries Association, a nonprofit trade organization that represents the state’s commercial fishermen, with the idea of helping struggling families with Christmas gifts, especially for the children. She also suggested the idea to the Carteret County Fishermen’s Association, the county affiliate of the state organization. click here to read the story 11:46

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for September 15, 2017

Click here to read the Weekly Update, to read all the updates, Click here for older updates click here 08:04

Jerry Schill, NCFA responds to outdoor columnist Ed Wall

jerry schillIn response to Ed Wall’s Outdoors column, “Fisheries should be managed for all, by all,” I offer the following comments. Mr. Wall mischaracterized my position on the referendum when he wrote that “Jerry Schill…is particularly disturbed by the fact that HB 1122 would allow a referendum on the issue by the state’s voters in the upcoming election in November. He is apparently concerned about citizens all across the state would be allowed to voice their opinions about something that he feels should be controlled solely by persons — and their representatives — in the coastal counties.” I never said such a thing. I do not favor an illegal action, and that is what it would be if the bill in question was passed as Rep. Billy Richardson suggests. On the subject of the net ban: Read the rebuttal here 22:38

Tensions build leading up to NC Marine Fisheries quarterly meeting

The fish up for debate is the Southern Flounder, which is one of the most sought after fish in North Carolina. The NCFA and commercial fishermen in the state are uneasy about the possible changes. The groups say it would mean drastic reductions in bag limits for fishermen, which would eventually lead to a sharp price increase for consumers and less dollars for the families and communities of fishermen. Many fishermen say conservationists and other politicians aren’t happy with North Carolina laws that allow gill net use. Read the rest here 08:23

NCFA Weekly Update for Dec. 5, 2014

NCFAWeekly Update for Dec. 5, 2014 as a PDF 07:15

NCFA Weekly Update for October 31, 2014

NCFAWeekly Update for Oct. 31, 2014 as PDF  21:39