NC Fishermen Worried About Oil Slick

Fishermen in eastern Carolina fear the Gulf oil spill could potentially result in a repeat of what happened in 1987.

Twenty-three years ago, Red Tide, an algae bloom from the Gulf, made its way up the east coast, affecting commercial fishermen here.

Fishermen are worried powerful "loop currents" linking to the Gulf stream and carrying warm water up along the Atlantic seaboard, could lead to oil spreading just about anywhere.

Local fishermen say while they're concerned about the possibility of oil reaching our coast, they also think it's probably a long shot.


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  • by Crabber Location: Belhaven on May 9, 2010 at 05:22 AM
    Fisherman too sounds like a farmer that part time fishes.
  • by Another Fisherman Location: Hatteras on May 8, 2010 at 03:16 PM
    @ Fisherman Too: I do not believe you are truly a commercial fisherman. If you were, you wouldn't be saying the things you are saying.
  • by Fisherman Too Location: Wanchese on May 7, 2010 at 05:49 PM
    Farmers of the sea? LOL We're more like TAKERS FROM THE SEA! Sure, it's a lot of work, but what we do isn't the same thing as farming at all. There's just no comparison concerning WHAT IS SOLD; we commercial fishermen harvest a naturally occurring resource on public waters, while farmers must buy or rent land, purchase seed, fertilizer, chemicals of all sorts and herbicides/pesticides and then plant and tend the crop before harvest. If you think outfitting a boat, buying fuel, paying help and dropping a net or baiting a pot is the same outlay of funds as farming requires, you're more than a little blind to reality. The truth is that we commercial fishermen realize a very good return on our investments. Those of us who work hard and know the business do very well indeed. And it's not like we're doing it out of love for the work, either. I love commercial fishing; my daddy did it and his daddy did too, but in the end the bottom line is what talks. In the end, it's about money. Why lie?
  • by Another Fisherman Location: Hatteras on May 7, 2010 at 04:51 PM
    Please let me continue. So if I can't fish I can't eat Ashton and GTN. Here's another point, a commercial fisherman wears many hats. He has to be a Mechanic...the boat breaks down he has to be able to fix it, an Electrician...there's electronics on the boat, a Doctor, you get hurt you better be able to fix yourself up so you can get back to the dock, Now a Lawyer with ever changing laws, a Carpenter if your boat is wooden like mine, So "Ashton" and "Got Their Nunber" until you've walked a mile in a Commercial Fishermans boots, Shut Your Mouth. And stop watching those shows on TV. Gone to a restaurant lately and eaten fish? Thank a Commercial Fisherman. God Bless All The Commercial Fisherman Out There! Be Safe Men, (And Women). Thank you all for supplying our country with fresh safe seafood.
  • by Another Fisherman Location: Hatteras on May 7, 2010 at 04:30 PM
    "Ashton" and "Got Their Number"...YOU DON'T HAVE A CLUE! "Fisherman", let me elaborate a little more for you. Sounds like the first two watch too much "Deadliest Catch". I've Commercial fished for 11 years. Don't confuse Commercial fishing with Charter fishing. I've never had a $3,000 day. I may have had three $3,000 weeks in 11 years, but the month or two before that I broke even, I was always playing "Catch Up". There was never money in the bank. I've raised 2 great kids on a small wage. I'll bet you Ashton and GTN don't live in a Fishing Village, because if they did, they would know how most fisherman live. Go visit a commercial fishing village before you run your mouths. We catch fish to feed people, Farmers of the sea if you will. Last year I Grossed $25,000, I paid $9,000 in taxes, that left $16,000 for me, the wife and 2 kids. Oh yeah, now there's the mortgage, food, electric, gas, medical bills, a car, car repair, home repairs, etc. To be continued..
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on May 7, 2010 at 01:07 PM
    Ashton, it sounds like you have got a bad attitude towards this world. Commercial Fishing is one of the toughest jobs anyone can do. Try getting up at 4 in the morning like a couple of my buddies do. They get the boat off of Oregon Inlet before 5 in the morning and are usually out there all day long. I love to fish. It's one of my passions, but there is no way I would try to make a living off of commercial fishing. It's way too stressful and tiring.
  • by anonymous on May 7, 2010 at 11:20 AM
    Good point fisherman..but there's only one thing wrong with your logic, here lately its been hard to get even a $300 day.
  • by To Ashton on May 7, 2010 at 11:16 AM
    First go get you a better education and you could make more. I know you don't have much education because you cant spell EXCEED. Also don't hate the player, hate the game.
  • by Fisherman on May 7, 2010 at 11:12 AM
    Ashton go buy a $50,000 boat, $30,000 in fishing gear and spend $300.00 to $400.00 a day for gas and bait. Then pay your helper 25% of your weeks catch.Now take 25 more percent and put up for break downs and replacement parts. Now give the government their part for taxes. Then you tell me how many $3000.00 days you are going to need to make a good living. The thing is when you hear of a day like that it only happens maybe once a year. Most days are around $300.00.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on May 7, 2010 at 07:16 AM
    Note, some fisherman are actually going their to help clean this up. Ashton, get over it, do you know how much a boat costs let alone, how much fuel costs?
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