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Proposed bill has commercial and recreational fishermen at odds

A proposed "game fish status" bill has many local commercial fishermen worried. A proposed "game fish status" bill has many local commercial fishermen worried.

PENDER COUNTY,NC (WECT)- A proposed "game fish status" bill has many local commercial fishermen upset and recreational fishermen excited for better tourism opportunities.

The bill says that three endangered species of fish- the red drum, striped bass and speckled sea trout- could only be caught by hook and line. 

This worries commercial fishermen as some use nets to catch these fish and say it would hurt their business. However, recreational fishers say it is important not to over fish these species.

The bill is a hot button issue but both recreational and commercial fishermen agree on one thing -giving the community and tourists the best local fish selection.

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