Fish Houses, Piers Disappearing

The coast of North Carolina is evolving and a recent study by the state shows some sobering statistics. During the past decade the number of piers in the state has gone from 32 to 21 and the state has lost more than 1,000 hotel and motel rooms in the last six years to residential development. The study also found the number of fish houses has gone from 136 to 95, a 30 percent reduction. While explosive development along the coast is the most visible cause, experts also found tight fishing regulations, high fuel prices and imports also contributed to the dwindling number of fisheries along our coast.