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For most of the 20th-century the highest fishing catches in North Carolina were menhaden. Now only two menhaden plants remain on the Atlantic Coast, one at Beaufort, the other at Reedville, VA. A proposal by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission would restrict menhaden fishing to one mile from the shore. Jule Wheatly, owner of the Beaufort plant, said such a restriction would force him to close his plant since 75 percent of the fish he processes is caught within a mile of shore.
North Carolina's last surviving menhaden fishing-and-processing plant is Beaufort Fisheries, located in Beaufort in Carteret County. Latham discusses owner Jule Wheatly's efforts to keep the family-owned operation running and the viewpoints of others who feel a fish factory has no place in 2003 Beaufort, a tourist town of \"tony shops and historic homes.\"