Ken Oppenheim: Deep issues

June 5, 2014 

Regarding the May 27 news article “ N.C. seafood harvest hits 10-year low”: As usual The N&O does not look deep enough into the issues.

The reason behind the decline in fish catches is the exploitation of the resource by the commercial sector. Almost unlimited trawling in our sounds and 3,000-foot gill nets catch fish before they have a chance to spawn.

North Carolina is the only state that allows this. Approximately 400,000 baby fish are killed each year in Pamlico Sound by ocean-going trawlers.

The commercial sector fights every regulation proposed that would enhance the resource. If the commercial sector is having a hard time making a living, it only needs to look in a mirror to see the problem.

Ken Oppenheim


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