Regarding the May 17 editorial “Coast watch”: I could not agree more with your endorsement of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s assessment of our state’s marine resources.
The governor or the secretary of DENR needs to ask the Division of Marine Fisheries to implement the Joint Enforcement Agreement; it is really that simple.
The only people who oppose that agreement are those who would break the fisheries laws and get caught by the Marine Patrol. Inshore trawling is not only destructive to bottom habitat and juvenile fish, it is also economically detrimental to the shrimping industry by harvesting shrimp at a smaller and less valuable size. That practice needs to end for all boats.
You left out one key player in the regulatory equation and that is the Marine Fisheries Commission. The MFC is the regulatory arm and the DMF is the scientific, implementation and enforcement arm. DMF has no independent rule-making authority.
The MFC needs to seriously consider the N.C. Wildlife Federation’s assessment and implement measures that will sustain all of our marine resources for the future.