A seafood craze has hit society. However, getting people to buy the fish at the store presents a problem for grocery stores and fish markets alike. Stores are making their seafood service counters look better which is doubling sales.
Fish houses have had to develop new and creative ways to sell fish in recent years. Some of the more successful methods include developing a retail brand, reaching out on social media, and value-added seafood products.
In an effort to prevent wasting small, but perfectly good pieces of trout, Wes Eason has created a trout burger. The burger took some adjustments in recipe, but Eason now believes he has solved the previous issues.
The state-owned Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park was recently created with concrete dockage, offices and a waste treatment plant. The park expects to attract million-dollar commercial seafood processing firms and related interests. Channel construction and stabilization of Oregon Inlet were key in the planning of the park.
Wanchese Fish Company’s owner strives to preserve the company his grandfather began for reasons that go beyond himself. Mike Daniels, owner of one of the largest seafood dealers in the country, confronts larger challenges like hurricanes and governmental regulations also for the survival of his community and people everywhere continuing the commercial fishing tradition.
The county seat of Tyrrell County is also the only town in the county, which was founded in 1793. It’s also defined as one is its identity as a singular town—one doctor, one lawyer, one pharmacy, one road. How it’s defined as two: Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds forming the second largest estuary in the country; two animals, the red wolf and red cockaded woodpecker, being protected species.
A tour group led by North Carolina Sea Grant’s fisheries specialist visited Wanchese, Hatteras Island, Ocracoke, and Carteret County. The intermingling of individuals from across the country, Canada, and North Carolina revealed how commercial fishermen are fostering community and commerce in old and new fashioned ways. Discoveries included the development of Community Supported Fisheries and an app for relaying information about catches to consumers.