New South Carolina fishing requirements could save fish population

Fishing is one of the Lowcountry’s signature activities. It is a hobby to some, and a full-time job to others. Many local fishermen enjoy off-shore fishing, but more deep-water fish are being released and dying than are being kept by fishermen.

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is a federal agency in charge of protecting fisheries in the Southeast, and on Friday they voted to require people fishing in federal waters off South Atlantic States like South Carolina, to have a tool called a descending device on board with them. Mel Bell is the director of the Office of Fisheries Management for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and also serves as a council member for the fishery management council.

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