It might be a bright spot in a tough North Carolina economy, aquaculture, or fish farming.
Friday at the 23rd annual North Carolina aquaculture development conference in Atlantic Beach, farmers, experts and others gathered who wanted to learn about how they can help the industry continue to thrive in our state.
Aquaculture, is boosting the local economy and farmers say it's also beneficial for the world's oceans, they say can not keep up with the increasing demand of fish and shellfish. That demand is one of the reasons why Don Ipock decided to use his farm land to start a prawn farm five years ago.
"When we started we started with one pond we have 3 ponds now a total of 6 water acres and we started a single farmer then there were other farmers in the region and we wanted to get together pull our resources and we now are called the American prawn crop," said Don Ipock with Carolina's Best Freshwater Prawn Farm.
Ipock says his ponds only have water and no prawns in them right now because the season is from May to October.