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Shrimping In Carteret County NC & Down East Information

This is a community information and discussion article relating to Carteret County NC shrimping in the down east communities of Harkers Island, Cedar Island, Marshallberg, Davis, Sea Level, Stacy, Bettie, Otway, and other local locations.

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Data we’re encouraging readers to discuss can include contributions this industry provides in the area of jobs and the economy, relations with local seafood restaurants, impacts on tourism, and the culture, heritage, and customs of both recreational and commercial fishing in the eastern portion of our community.

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Other information can include data on climate change, global warming, rising waters and warming oceans, healthy fisheries, and laws, regulations, and policies stemming from county commissioners, state representatives and senators, and Congress.

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In addition to NC shrimping information, please review our similar article on oysters where we encourage discussions and ask questions in our quest to learn more about oyster and shellfish harvesting and growing.

NC County Shrimping Discussions On The Economy, Tourism, Restaurants, And Jobs

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The Economy: Few can argue that commercial fishing provides a lot of work for the self-employed in places like Marshallberg, Harkers Island, and Cedar Island.

For this section, we’re interested in hearing from readers on the contributions and implications to the local economy on the harvesting and growing of shrimp and other shellfish.

Outside of the state seafood industry, what other industries see economic impacts from fishing and harvesting of shrimp? How are local restaurants and grocery stores impacted? How about for boats that needing repaired, for machinist which build boats and trawlers, and mechanics who fix engines that power shrimp trawlers?

What impacts are there for local warehouses and workers who are employed in the storing, distribution, and export of this seafood?

Tourism: Annually, people from around the world descend upon the Crystal Coast and want to eat local seafood harvested and grown in the many waterways in and around places like Bettie, Otway, Stacy, and Davis.

In developing this article, and like that of the economy, shrimping in the county has a tremendous impact on tourist who vacation here each year. Globally, NC seafood is acknowledged as the best you can get. Locally, we have the NC seafood festival which is closing in on the second largest festival in the state and supplies so much for people in need by way of the many charities in our county.

People love traveling to our communities, and they love eating shrimp, scallops, clams, crab, mollusks, and fish caught and raised in our local waters, including offshore waters near the gulf stream.

Can Carteret tourism survive without the many people who spend weeks out on open water trawling for shrimp which gets reinvested and eaten at local restaurants and grocery stores?

Restaurants: During the Spring, Summer, and early Fall months, local restaurants who serve shellfish and other seafood entrees from locally caught and grown products from places near Sea Level, Jarrett Bay, North River, and South River feed increasing record numbers of people who visit our area.

Clearly, there is a much valued relationship between local fishing interest and restaurant owners who buy daily catch allowances from trawler owners and workers aboard those vessels.

What impacts on restaurants would happen if regulations, laws, and policies created a negative environment for the culture, traditions, and heritage of fishing locally?

Jobs And Employment: While tourism is largely considered the largest industry in the Carteret communities which employ traditional workers, we suspect the self-employed numbers of people who have jobs because of this industry are comparable.

In your estimation and opinion, how many people have direct employment because of trawling boats and other commercial interests? Considering the growing numbers of warehouses and distribution centers locally, growth in restaurant workers and grocery store workers, and other industries, how are jobs impacted in coastal and Eastern NC?

Commercial Fishing Down East

Discussions for this section includes information on Maritime culture, traditions, heritage, and customs of people and families who make their living on the water along the Crystal Coast and Eastern NC.

Additionally, this section can include technical details of shellfish harvesting and growing to include netting, making nets by hand, boat building, techniques, and local areas typically used for commercial shrimping.

Laws, Regulations, Policies At The Local, State, And Federal Level

Discussions On N.C. Marine Fisheries

This section is reserved for discussions centered on regulations, laws, policies and governance of shrimping in Carteret County NC at the local level with commissioners, state level with representatives and senators, and the federal level within Congress.

Climate Change And Global Warming

How is clear evidence of global warming, climate change, rising oceans, and the warming of oceans impacting local fisheries, the numbers of shrimp to be harvested, and pollution within approved areas for fishing?

Tell us about climate change legislation which is having both positive and negative impacts on commercial interests locally.

How are fisheries being impacted by local environmental concerns?

What are some organizations in Carteret communities focused on clean water, stormwater runoff, healthy habitats, pollution, and population growth’s impacts on environmental concerns?

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Michael Sharp

Native of Carteret County NC, Father to Makayla and Savannah. You can add me on Facebook. Interest include web development, encryption, and other technologies.

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