SWANSBORO, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina fisheries officials have canceled the spring red drum fishing season because so many of the species were caught during the fall.
The Daily News of Jacksonville reports that means commercial fisherman will go nearly a year without a red drum season.
The state’s red drum plan splits the state’s commercial harvest into two seasons: a Sept. 1 to April 30 season is allocated 150,000 pounds and a May 1 to Aug. 31 season is allocated 100,000 pounds.
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries closed the 2013 fall/winter season Nov. 23 after numbers from electronically reported trip tickets showed fishermen had caught more than 144,000 pounds of the 150,000-pound limit. Later calculations showed the catch was almost 261,000 pounds, more than is allowed annually.
Information from: The Daily News, http://www.jdnews.com
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