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Coastal recreational fishermen hooked more fish in 2015

Coastal recreational fishermen hooked more fish in 2015 than they did in 2014. Anglers brought an estimated 10.2 million fish to the docks in 2015, an increase of 6.8 percent over 2014.
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Commercial seafood landings increased last year

Mild weather allowed North Carolina’s commercial fishermen to work into late autumn and early winter in 2015, resulting in more seafood caught and sold for the second year in a row.
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Outer Banks Angling: And we’re off

Summer has arrived on the Outer Banks. It's been hot and muggy, with a couple scattered cooler days, but the heat is definitely here. However,  the fishing has been decent. There have been fair reports both inshore and offshore. And, whether it's good or bad, fishing has to be better than being at work.
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Oral history project will examine fisheries reform -- 20 years later

The year 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the 1997 N.C. Fisheries Reform Act, far-reaching legislation that changed how fisheries are managed in North Carolina. 

Oral history interviews are capturing the accounts of key individuals who have played instrumental roles in the implementation of the Fisheries Reform Act or in its initial conception and development.  The interviews will provide a record of the successes and shortcomings of the FRA in addressing the environmental, social, and economic challenges of the past two decades and the prospective value of the FRA in addressing emerging issues. 
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Outer Banks Angling: That time again

Yep! It’s Memorial Day weekend. And, while meteorologists might disagree, the nation considers it the official start of summer.

Anglers can expect a longer wait at their favorite tackle shop and more people on their favorite pier or in their favorite beach fishing spot. But, tourism is what keeps this area alive and visitors are welcomed here. Although the tourist season is just about to heat up, the fishing has been fairly decent for a couple of weeks now. 
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Outer Banks Angling: Cobia Madness

There's plenty to read on websites and social media for all things cobia, because it is that time of year -- and because the cobia regulation debate continues to rage on.

The debate centers on how North Carolina should address a federal request to impose both a new creel limit and a season closure for cobia, and the proposals have recreational and professional fishermen in an uproar.
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MFC imposes new restrictions on recreational cobia catch

The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission voted last week to impose restrictions on the recreational cobia fishery to try to avoid a closing of the fishery on June 20 by a federal agency.

The new restriction are effective today -- Monday, May 23. 
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The very best guide to charter fishing on the islands….WITH SLIDE SHOW

If you’ve never been fishing off Hatteras or Ocracoke, it’s definitely worth looking into.  The variety of trips, boats, captains, and species of fish available is quite impressive, and there are options that can accommodate almost any budget or interest.

That said, with so many options available, choosing the right charter can be a daunting task, especially for first-timers. To make it a little bit easier, The Island Free Press has compiled a guide to Hatteras and Ocracoke charter fishing.  With answers to frequently asked questions, information on everything from choosing a boat to cleaning your fish, advice on making your trip more enjoyable, and pictures to rouse your inner angler, this guide is designed help get you off the docks and on the water. 
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