Dead and red
To restore its overfished red drum population, North Carolina capped commercial landings at the historic harvest, said Lee Paramore, the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries' red drum biologist.
"The commercial cap is 250,000 pounds annually, which is the historic landing," Parmamore said. "The trip limit is seven fish with a length between 18 and 27 inches. Red drum must be landed only as bycatch, with at least 50 percent of the catch by weight flounder or striped mullet."
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