NCDMF says speckled trout experiencing overfishing

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Public input being accepted on speckled trout plan

According to the North Carolina Divisions of Marine Fisheries, speckled trout are not overfished, but the species is experiencing overfishing. This basically means that if the overfishing is allowed to continue, the stock of speckled trout will at some point be classified as overfished.

The DMF is asking for input from anglers and other stakeholders on what changes they’d like to see to address the situation. They are working on the Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan Amendment 1. They are accepting public comments through March 24 on the subject.

Comments can be submitted online through this website.

The Division will also accepts comments through snail mail at this address:

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries

Spotted Seatrout Scoping

P.O. Box 769

Morehead City, N.C. 28557

Several meeting have been scheduled for the public to attend to learn more about Amendment 1, and to make comments.

March 16
NC Cooperative Extension, Currituck County Center
120 Community Way #120
Barco, NC 27917
March 21
New Bern-Craven County Public Library
400 Johnson St.
New Bern, NC 28560
March 23
Cape Fear Community College
411 N. Front St.
Wilmington, NC 28401

For questions, contact Lucas Pensinger,

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