SC boat cameras may provide better catch numbers

CHARLESTON, SC - CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Four South Carolina commercial fishing boats will be equipped with cameras for two years in a test to get a better idea of the size of fishing catches.

The program is being run by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Sea Grant programs in South and North Carolina.

Regulators say the cameras will help validate the numbers of fish entered in boat log reports - numbers that haven't been used in determining fishing stocks because they couldn't be validated.

Because of concern over the depleted stocks of red snapper, the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council has temporarily closed red snapper fishing grounds along the coast. The ban started in January and continues through June 2.

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