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Only 5.5% of of over 5,000 commercial fishing license holders in North Carolina are women, and although the commercial fishing industry is often seen as a male activity, women's role in sustaining fisheries and fishing communities is unparalleled in many roles.
The 1997 Fisheries Reform Act significantly changed the fisheries management process in North Carolina. Before the act, there were no comprehensive management plans for important fish and shellfish species. The environment and social conditions that caused the act to be passed are discussed by key figures involved in acts creation.
Since the 1990s, numbers of small-business fishermen in North Carolina have dwindled. Necessary supplies such as diesel and pots have seen an increase in price, and the price of commercial fishing licenses have skyrocketed. Although community support has kept the business floating, most of the fishermen are over the age of 50, which will lead to a shortage of fishermen once they retire.
Despite the worrisome trends in increasingly stringent regulations, low prices, high fuel costs, and new technology, North Carolina fishermen remain positive about the future of the local seafood industry and continue to stick together in times of hardship.