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NC Sound Economy Launches New Ad

NC Sound Economy announced a new commercial today that is on the air across the state.  To watch the commercial please click on the picture below. 

Getting serious about overfishing

The following article appeared in The Economist on May 27, 2017.  

EVEN the names at Sutton Harbour give it away. While the pleasure boats, including Windfall and Felicity, gleam in the sunshine, the light warms rust on the decks of craft such as Pisces. The fishing industry is struggling to stay afloat in Plymouth, a port in Devon. Locals grumble about regulation, fuel costs and the dearth of crew. Revenues are stagnant and the facilities ageing. But if times are tough for the fishers, they may be tougher for the fish.

The world currently consumes more fish per person than ever before—about 20 kilos a year. But almost all the recent gains in production have been down to farmed fish. Aquaculture has grown remarkably in the past decades, especially in China; in 2014 it accounted for half of all the fish people ate. But that does not mean that the pressure on the open seas has eased.


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — They say a bad day fishing is still better than a good day at the office, but for some across the Cape Fear there may be too many bad days lately.

New data shows fishermen across the North Carolina coast have been reeling in fewer fish than normal. Several fishermen in Wilmington say it has been a much slower start to the year. However, one commercial fishing business says they are doing just fine.

Trout fishing nets huge haul for WNC economy

By , [email protected] 3:57 p.m. ET May 31, 2017

ASHEVILLE – This is no big fish tale.

Rather it’s the reality that trout fishing creates big business for Western North Carolina.

A study released last week, conducted by Responsive Management and Southwick Associates for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, found that in 2014 nearly 149,000 trout anglers fished approximately 1.6 million days.

NC Chamber Endorses NC Sound Economy

The North Carolina Chamber announced Tuesday its support of NC Sound Economy and House Bill 867, The Coastal Fisheries Conservation and Economic Development Act.  The North Carolina Chamber is the state’s largest business advocacy organization. 

AP Reports: U.S. fishing industry retracted in 2015

The Associated Press reported the following on May 9th, 2017: PORTLAND, Maine - America’s fishing industry declined slightly in 2015 as fishermen contended with environmental and market forces, the federal government says.

American Sportfishing Association backs North Carolina initiative

The board of the American Sportfishing Association voted to support the NC Sound Economy initiative at its spring meeting in late March.

Are catch shares an effective tool for fisheries management?

The following article appeared in the Wilmington Star News on March 29, 2017. 

RALEIGH -- A Brunswick County senator's proposed resolution opposing catch-share fisheries management is drawing praise from the fishing community.

In fisheries managed by catch shares, certain fishermen or companies are assigned individual limits for a given species during a season, a strategy the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says allows fishermen to make decisions based on market conditions and avoid hazardous weather conditions.

Anglers scrambling to get money for new Outer Banks reef as prime fishing spot

The following article was written by by Jeff Hampton and appeared in The Virginian-Pilot. Dare County commissioners are appealing to a reluctant state commission to pay for a new artificial reef that would attract game fish and enhance the lucrative angling industry.