WPDE-TV | Local fishermen frustrated with proposed regulations

"’We want some controversial items that are opposed by nearly all fishermen removed, like catch shares, which is an effort to privatize the fishery, electronic monitoring of a vessel, and more closed fishing areas,’ said Tom Swatzel, a council member with Sustainable Fishing. ‘We just don't need those at this time.’

The Vision Project which was initially launched last year by SAFMC was blasted by local fishermen Monday night.

‘How much consideration was put in about what we the fishermen had to say at those meetings, because it seems like it was very little,’ said one local fishermen to the representatives with SAFMC, who were conferenced in for the public hearing.

Local fishermen said the current proposed regulations would put them out of business and make the fishing economy obsolete on the Grand Strand.”

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