In the state's coastal waters, the red drum has been under a recovery plan conducted by the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries since 1997, when the stock was declared overfished. By 2003, the red drum stock was recovering. Information from anglers indicated more fish caught in the 32- to 40-inch range and record sizes in the state Salt Water Fishing Tournament for release of trophy-sized fish. The red drum is important in North Carolina tournament fishing. In 2003, the state held sixteen out of a possible twenty International Game Fish Association line-test marks.