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for Coastwatch Vol. Issue , Winter 2006
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In 1987, Lee Brothers of Aurora became the first person in the country to pond-raise hybrid sea bass commercially. The fish, a cross between a striped bass and a white bass, generates around $7 million annually in the state. Hybrids are popular in sushi and sashimi markets in the Northeast. North Carolina now has nineteen hybrid producers, the most in the United States. Beaufort County has five of the nineteen fish farms. As coastal development pushes into areas where the fish are raised, farmers face public pressure about releasing effluent from their ponds into streams and rivers.
Stormwater runoff is a major pollution problem for shellfish farms. Home construction in coastal areas is growing. More people mean more roads, driveways, and parking lots. Water running over these impervious surfaces picks up contaminants such as oil, sand, chemicals, and fertilizers and deposits them in nearby rivers and streams. The more contaminants the harder it is for shellfish to grow. Reconciling the demand for development and the need for healthy shellfish is a challenge facing coastal planners.
Shrimping is an important industry in the state. Recently high coats of fuel and low market prices have driven many shrimpers out of business. Kenny Sessions, a native of Topsail Island, is a contractor by day. At night he fishes for shrimp with a homemade trap he has built. Sessions has been so successful that the North Carolina Fishery Resource Grant (FRG) is studying his invention to see if it has application for commercial and recreational shrimpers.
In the July of 2006, an armada of grand sailing vessels reminiscent of bygone days will dock at Beaufort and Morehead City. The arrival of the ships is the culmination of the 2006 Americas' Sail competition. Americas' Sail stages competitions every four years to promote tall ships and traditional sailing worldwide. The 2006 competition begins in Brazil. The stopover in North Carolina is the only one planned for the United States. Powers gives a preview of what visitors will see when the ships arrive.