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Weldon earned the nickname \"Rockfish Capital\" because of the popularity of fishing for rockfish, also known as striped bass. Fishermen descended on Weldon in April and May during the striped bass spawning season. Striped bass showed a certain proclivity for the waters of the Roanoke River, much to Weldon's financial benefit. A hatchery was opened to promote the local industry and ensure the population of striped bass.
The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission set major regulation changes for striped bass, gear, and shellfish. The provisions specify number of days in the season, areas, means and methods, quantity caught and size requirements.
How much is a fishing season worth to local economies? A survey requested by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission revealed that during the 1998 Roanoke River striped bass season anglers spent about $918,000. The season lasts 75 days. Local economies benefited through money spent on lodging, food, gas, and bait. Eighteen hundred questionnaires were distributed to fishermen, of which six hundred were returned.