Save Our Pogies - Senate Letter

Look below to locate your county and click beside your Senator. Then fill out the form below and click submit to email your Senator a letter to Save Our Pogies.
Senator Name County
Hugh Webster Alamance, Caswell
John A. Garwood Alexander, Ashe, Watauga, Wilkes
Don East Alleghany, Stokes, Surry, Yadkin
William R. Purcell Anson, Richmond, Scotland, Stanly
Keith Presnell Avery, Haywood, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Yancey
Marc Basnight Beaufort, Camden, Currituck, Dare, Hyde, Pasquotank, Tyrrell, Washington
Robert Lee Holloman Bertie, Chowan, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, Perquimans
Tony Rand Bladen, Cumberland
R. C. Soles, Jr. Brunswick, Columbus, Pender
Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Buncombe
Tom Apodaca Buncombe, Henderson, Polk
Jim Jacumin Burke, Caldwell
Fletcher L. Hartsell, Jr. Cabarrus, Iredell
Scott Thomas Carteret, Craven, Pamlico
Austin M. Allran Catawba, Iredell
Bob Atwater Chatham, Durham, Lee
John Snow Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Transylvania
Walter H. Dalton Cleveland, Rutherford
Larry Shaw Cumberland
Stan Bingham Davidson, Guilford
Andrew C. Brock Davie, Rowan
Charles W. Albertson Duplin, Lenoir, Sampson
Jeanne Hopkins Lucas Durham
Clark Jenkins Edgecombe, Martin, Pitt
Linda Garrou Forsyth
Hamilton C. Horton, Jr. Forsyth
Doug Berger Franklin, Granville, Vance, Warren
David W. Hoyle Gaston
James Forrester Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln
John H. Kerr III Greene, Pitt, Wayne
Katie G. Dorsett Guilford
Kay R. Hagan Guilford
Phil Berger Guilford, Rockingham
Harris Blake Harnett, Moore
David F. Weinstein Hoke, Robeson
Fred Smith Johnston, Wayne
Harry Brown Jones, Onslow
Daniel G. Clodfelter Mecklenburg
Charlie Smith Dannelly Mecklenburg
Malcolm Graham Mecklenburg
Robert Pittenger Mecklenburg
W. Edward (Eddie) Goodall Mecklenburg, Union
Jerry W. Tillman Montgomery, Randolph
A. B. Swindell Nash, Wilson
Julia Boseman New Hanover
Eleanor Kinnaird Orange, Person
Janet Cowell Wake
Neal Hunt Wake
Vernon Malone Wake
Richard Stevens Wake

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Dear [recipient name will be inserted automatically if you clicked on their name]

I would like to inform you of an issue that is very important to me that I hope you will help support. As an avid sport fisherman, the lifeblood of game fish along our coast is a fish called a menhaden [also known as a pogy]. Virtually every fish that swims eats these baitfish as well as pelicans and porpoises. The fish are found in large schools of thousands of fish, generally right along the beaches within State controlled waters [3 miles]. The spring, summer, and fall months are the primary times when various game fish [King Mackerel, Cobia, Trout, Flounder, Tarpon] are migrating through our coastal waters and large commercial net boats are targeting the menhaden. Their "purse" seines have the capability to encircle large schools of these bait fish and in a matter of days can virtually wipe out the entire population along the entire coastal area. The result is the game fish, bird, and porpoises that depend upon these bait fish for their food source are deprived of their food source thus causing them to leave our waters in search of food sources in other areas. This has a negative impact on the multi million-dollar sport fishery that exists along our coast and therefore has long ranging effect on many aspects of our State's economy. When the baitfish are gone, the predator gamefish fish leave and when the gamefish leave the fishermen leave.

My request of you is to provide your support to the effort being established to "Save Our Pogies" []. A bill will be introduced by Representative Bonner Stiller[Brunswick County] to ban commercial menhaden netting from our coastal waters Your support is greatly appreciated.