We want this article to be an ongoing community discussion centered on the economic impacts of the State of North Carolina seafood industry at the county level from the Outer Banks, to the Crystal Coast, places near Topsail Island, and finally in New Hanover and Brunswick County.
Information we hope to receive and see discussed can center on how commercial fishing and the harvesting of shellfish contribute to the local economy via jobs, restaurants, tourism, shipping, and other sales at grocery stores. Additionally, we want to hear from people who work in this industry about regulations and policies which govern fishing and harvesting of shellfish.
To participate, simply use the comments form below and subscribe to replies when adding information to this document. Furthermore, while this website is based in Carteret County, our intentions are to learn information from those that work in and regulate the NC seafood industry in other county locations.
In this article, seafood discussions on shellfish includes shrimp, crabs, oysters, clams, scallops, and mussels which are common along the waters of Eastern NC.
This document will focus on the commercial aspects of this industry on the NC economy, but we do recognize the importance of the recreational side of fishing and harvesting of shellfish and the ties to tourism and entertainment.
Local County Seafood And The Economy
In Carteret County, which is located within the Crystal Coast and includes Morehead City, Beaufort, Harkers Island, Cedar Island, Atlantic Beach, and Emerald Isle, commercial fishing and harvesting shellfish is likely one of the largest industries in the county and accounts for thousands who are self-employed and make a living from this trade. In Morehead City annually, there is the NC Seafood Festival which is the 3rd largest festival in the state and the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament which is close to being the largest billfish tournament in the world.
Considering places along the Outer Banks and Pamlico Sound, Currituck Sound, Albemarle Sound, and the many waterways along this region of the state, what are the impacts on the economy, the creation of jobs, the running of restaurants, export shipping, and grocery stores which sell seafood?
What are some state regulations and policies which govern how commercial fishing operates on the Outer Banks that needs changing or addressed? When thinking about Outer Banks locations, we mean locations in Hyde, Currituck, and Dare County.
In Pender County, and waterways near Surf City, Topsail Beach, and Sneads Ferry in Onslow County, how does this industry impact employment, economic interests, tourism, and the running of restaurants?
What state policies and regulations need addressing in this area of the state?
In New Hanover County and Brunswick County, which includes Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Ocean Isle, and Holden Beach, how active is this region in commercial fishing and shellfish harvesting which impacts the state economy?
What specific state regulations and policies need addressed in this region?
For all NC locations, what are the impacts from climate change, and specifically speaking about the warming of the ocean and rising water, on catching shrimp, fish, or crab, and the growing of oysters, clams, scallops, and mussels?
In thinking about climate change and other environmental concerns, what implications are there for fisheries and the many habitats which support waterways from which seafood is harvested?
What other concerns exist when considering commercial fishing and it’s continued role in creating jobs at the county level and providing jobs for across Eastern NC?
State Regulations, Legislation, And Policies
When looking at state agencies such as NC Marine Fisheries and other agencies, what specific regulations and policies are having both a positive and negative impact on job creation, the economy, environmental concerns, and means to make a living?
What specific NC legislation is having both a positive and negative impact on shellfish and fisheries across the state?
What new legislation and regulations are needed?
Considering the N.C. General Assembly and Congress, which state representatives and senators are actively involved in addressing legislation and policies which govern commercial interests within this industry?
What specific concerns is the N.C. General Assembly and Congress not addressing which needs attention?
When thinking about the overall NC seafood industry and it’s relation to local, state, national, and international economics, what’s some other information you want to discuss which we did not touch on in this article? Let us know using the discussion form below.