Fishing Demise Linked To Environmental Factors

A damaged environment may not be the first cause you think of when jobs decline.

However, some life-long fishermen in Beaufort County's South Creek, say a damaged environment is exactly what may force them from the only life they know.

They say the local populations of shrimp, crabs, clams and oysters, among others have decreased steadily in past years.

Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper, Heather Jacobs, says the development and altering of the marshlands around South Creek is a contributing factor.

According to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, in 2005, poor water quality was among the factors contributing to one of the smallest North Carolina shrimp harvests in 25 years.