NC Commercial Seafood Harvest Increases In 2008

North Carolina's commercial seafood harvest increased by 13 percent last year and nearly half of the haul was blue crabs.

The state Division of Marine Fisheries said Monday that the seafood landings of 71.2 million pounds in 2008 marked the end of a five-year decline in the seafood industry.

The division said more than 32 million pounds of the harvest was
blue crab. The crab accounted for $25 million of the $87 million total value of seafood. That was an increase of $4 million over 2007.

Division official Alan Bianchi said shrimp harvests were down 1 percent and that might be caused by last year's high fuel prices.

North Carolina's oyster harvest was up 5 percent, to 88,008

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  • by Michael Location: Merritt on May 8, 2009 at 01:42 PM
    Having grown up and around the Chesapeake Bay I do understand how hard it is to earn a living working on the water. Having moved to NC, I have to say that I see commerical fishermen "netting fish" and I have seen side by side crab pots by different fishermen in the tributaries!!!! One old salt to another,it dosen't take long to "overfish" and then have no where to go.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 5, 2009 at 12:40 PM
    Why is it PCS has not gotten there permit yet since they have proved time and time they are good keepers of the river?
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 5, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    Good news for the seafood industry. Support your local fisherman.

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