It’s official! The new regulation making tarpon catch-and-release only in North Carolina is effective immediately, which will protect tarpon migrating north in the summer. The process for legislative review was completed after an appeal by pier operators failed. BTT supported the amendment throughout the process and applauds the NC Marine Fisheries Commission for taking this important step to improve the state’s management of the tarpon fishery.
“Protecting this magnificent fish while it spends time in our North Carolina waters is a great move by the NC Division of Marine Fisheries Commission Board,” said Capt. Jot Owens, North Carolina fishing guide and BTT Conservation Captain. “Thank you to everyone who supported this amendment and a special thanks to the Commission board members who voted in favor of this ruling.”