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Most people think of Louisiana when they hear the word crawfish. However, our own state has a North Carolina Crawfish Growers' Association and a small number of growers who produce around 100,000 pounds annually. Sterling Davenport has grown crawfish at his Millpond Crawfish Farm in Plymouth for eleven years, making his the state's oldest operating crawfish farm.
At the start of the 20th-century, over a million bushels of oysters were harvested annually in the state. Pollution, over-harvesting, and silty runoffs from coastal construction reduced harvests to 55,000 bushels yearly in the 1990s. Jim and Bonnie Swartzenburg are among a number of oysters farmers seeking to restore the state's oyster culture.
Aquaculture programs are appearing throughout eastern North Carolina, where fish farmers grow everything from catfish, hybrid striped bass and tilapia in ponds and tanks, to clams and oysters offshore. High schools are integrating aquaculture into the curriculum to teach students about this growing sector of agriculture. Students learn how to build and maintain the culture system, while applying their skills in science and math.