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Why recreational anglers think they deserve game fish status for red drum and speckled trout

Tuesday 19 May 2009 at 09:02 am By all accounts, the bill introduced in the state House of Representatives last month that would give game fish status to red drum and spotted sea trout is dead in the water.

The bill, H918, Designation of Coastal Game Fish, would make these two popular species of fish off limits to commercial fishermen and would reserve them for recreational anglers only.

Introduced March 31, the bill was referred to the House Marine Resources and Aquaculture Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Tim Spear, a Democrat whose district includes Dare and Hyde counties.

Spear had a hearing last week to give supporters and opponents of the bill a chance to speak, but the bill has not made it out of committee and has not been introduced into the Senate. Read More

Getting rid of the ubiquitous plastic bags – an idea whose time has come

Thursday 14 May 2009 at 4:27 pm

Sen. Marc Basnight had a really good idea.

And then he had an even better idea.

Several weeks ago, Basnight, a Manteo Democrat who is President Pro Tempore of the state Senate, gathered some community leaders at his family’s restaurant, The Lone Cedar Café on the Manteo Causeway.

Basnight was rallying support for a bill that would impose a 10- to 25-cent fee on most types of plastic and paper bags.

His stated purpose was to clean up the Outer Banks – get the unsightly, flimsy, ubiquitous plastic bags off the roadways and dunes and out of the waterways.

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What's in a name? Part 2

Monday 11 May 2009 at 3:42 pm Just a bit more on the name of the seashore – Cape Hatteras National Seashore vs. Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area.

Need we say more about this photo of an early official brochure for the park?

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Dennis Gray, our friend and faithful reader, found the cover of this brochure in the Hugh Morton Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library in an online blog.

The link is http://www.lib.unc.edu/blogs/ncm/index.php/category/treasures-from-the-stacks/page/2/

Check my last blog for more information on the issue of the seashore’s name.