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In 1919, shark fishing for profit began in the state. Products included tanned shark hide and fertilizer. When shark meat became popular in 1983, however, fishery regulation was needed to protect the species.
Being a gourmet delicacy brought the diamondback turtle to near extinction by the beginning of the 20th-century. The turtle still faces and uncertain future at the century's end through habitat loss and death in gill nets and crab pots.
A paddling tour of Little Rivers and Waterway Tales is mixed with personal experience of Lundie Spence. Spence explores everything mentioned in the book from the 2,000 year old cypress trees to the remnants of timber industry buildings in Eastern North Carolina
Once maritime forests covered the Outer Banks, but now they have been reduced to small pockets protected by governmental and conservation organizations. Spence discusses their history and what scientific research reveals about them.
The crabbing industry in North Carolina is expanding annually. Blue crab stocks are abundant, and the industry has experienced virtually no obstacles to its growth.