- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Motorists in North Carolina can help support conservation and management of brook trout by purchasing a new license plate.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will use all proceeds from sales of this plate to fund habitat protection for brook trout and to create public access to brook trout waters in North Carolina. The plate depicts the only native cold-water trout in the state.

In 2013, the General Assembly authorized the creation of a special plate that would promote the native brook trout. Mountain trout fishing supports North Carolina’s economy, with more than 92,000 mountain trout anglers having an annual economic output of $174 million, according to a 2008 report.

The commission must receive a minimum of 500 paid applications before July 1, 2015, for the plate to be produced.

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