Talking with federal and state fisheries managers, policymakers, and representatives from commercial fishing organizations, the author outlines the problems and complexities facing today's commercial fishing industry in North Carolina.
Over the last decade, the Collins family's Somerset Plantation has been revitalized as a center for the interpreting of antebellum southern history. Dorothy Redford, a descendant of Somerset's slave population, helps visitors understand the area's past.
The project to deepen Morehead City's harbor presented the town of Atlantic Beach with five million cubic yards of free sand, yet the sand itself was not sufficient to settle the debate over beach nourishment.
As North Carolina's coastal communities attempt to deal with beach erosion, beach nourishment appears to be an alternative. High costs and imperfectly understood long-term effects, however, are clear drawbacks.
North Carolina's oyster production has declined at an alarming rate since the turn of the century. N.C. Sea Grant, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, and other interested parties convened a summit to address the state's feeble oyster industry.
The competition for space that pits humans against wildlife often results in injury to the animals. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has issued over 500 permits to people who doctor and rehabilitate the state's wild animals.
Attempting to aid an injured animal is potentially dangerous. If one is unsure of what type of assistance to render, wildlife managers recommend finding a qualified person, such as a staff member of the Carolina Raptor Center, to assist.
A recycling project funded by the National Marine Fisheries Service shows promise of mitigating the problem of disposal of fishing industry refuse. In February, 1995, 22 tons of crab pots and nets were recycled by the state's commercial fishermen.