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New video opposes gill net use on NC coast

An organization that represents recreational saltwater fishing interests in North Carolina is launching its latest step in a campaign against fishing practices it calls wasteful.

Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina, known as CCA NC, has posted a new video, “Gillnets in North Carolina,” opposing fishing with gill nets on the Save NC Sounds website at savencsounds.org/gillnets.

“We want to take a higher profile, make a more concerted effort to educate our members, the public and legislators about this type of destructive fishing gear,” said Rip Woodin, communication and education committee chairman and a retired Rocky Mount publisher.

CCA NC, with about 3,000 members, is part the national CCA, which has 17 state chapters along the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coasts.

Gill nets are long lengths of netting suspended from floats to form a mesh curtain that efficiently catches fish by the gills. Turtles, non-target fish species, birds and mammals often are caught as well.

The video was created from members’ photos, Woodin said. Its release follows last fall’s site launch and a 12-billboard campaign along interstate highways.

Website videos also target large inshore shrimp-trawling operations, which kill tons of small and juvenile fish as waste, or bycatch, in the Pamlico Sound, Woodin said.

“We at least want people to know what is going on with our natural resources,” Woodin said.

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