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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s seafood harvest is dropping.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries said the state’s fish and shellfish harvest dropped last year to the lowest level in a decade.

The agency said the 50 million pounds of fish and shellfish brought in last year was down 12 percent from 2012. The total was 21 percent less than the five-year average haul.

About 21 million pounds of blue crabs were brought in last year, compared with 27 million pounds in 2012.

The value of the catch was up 9 percent from 2012.

Experts say there are fewer fishermen and they face rising fuel costs. Weather has created problems at Oregon inlet and new regulations have put some fish off limits.

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2015 years 9 months ago

What is the problem if not inlet issues?

Rick Thorton
2015 years 9 months ago

Commercial fisherman (and rec too) to fish are like Weyerhaeuser to trees. Most (not all) never met one they didn’t want to catch or cut down.

There are a lot of well-know reasons why fish populations are in decline…locally, and globally.

The examples are well-managed, recovering fisheries in the United States are numerous. Lobster, scallops, Pollock, halibut…even shrimp. But it starts with PROPER management and regulation.

Since Marc Basnight kept proper fisheries regulations from coming to NC for years, it seems funny you want to blame NC Marine Fisheries.
He never cared where a striped bass was caught (EEZ) as long as he could sell it in his restaurant.

Tragedy of the commons… I ain’t no sea-turtle hugger, but it’s kind of funny that most shrimpers will tell you they ain’t never seen one in all their years of shrimping. That smells like their holds.

2015 years 9 months ago

You have done a most outstanding job at ruining one the final remaining industries that NC coastal captains relied upon to support themselves and their families. Amazing to see the uncontrolled and overwhelming power of just one agency and the damage that can result! “…problems at Oregon Inlet…” my hindquarters! That has little if ANYTHING to do with this issue!

2015 years 9 months ago

how about some specific actions the Agency has taken which have negatively impacted the seafood industry.

All you’ve done is spout off.

Remember, the Agency’s authority and actions are empowered by the Legislature.

The Legislature is currently in session.

It will return for a full session next year.

Nothing will change unless citizens communicate specific concerns to their Legislators.

You’ve really done nothing then vent; that changes nothing.

2015 years 9 months ago

What in the heck are you talking about? How have they “ruined” the industry?


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