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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for December 7, 2018

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for November 30, 2018

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for November 2, 2018

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for 10/26/2018

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for October 19, 2018

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for October 12, 2018

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for October 5, 2018

North Carolina Fisheries Association is trying to compile an assessment of damages sustained to our industry during Hurricane Florence. If you are a commercial fisherman, fish house owner or dealer processer, please email estimated damages and photos to Aundrea O’Neal at [email protected] It is imperative that we get this information as soon as possible so that we can let our legislators know the needs as a result >Click here to read the Weekly Update<, to read all the updates >click here<, for older updates listed as NCFA >click here<14:30

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for September 28, 2018

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N.C. Fishermen brace for a difficult winter financially after the hurricane ruined much of their fall catch.

During a major hurricane, fish migrate away, oysters get contaminated and shrimp are blown to sea, scattered to deeper waters. Though sometimes unnoticed, the seafood industry takes a big hit after storms like Florence. Not only does the crop move, but fishermen often live and work in the coastal communities that take the brunt of the storm’s rage. “We get overlooked real easy. We are isolated to the coast. And unlike the agricultural industry, this affects everyone,” said Glenn Skinner, executive director of the North Carolina Fisheries Association. “Everyone who fishes is affected by this.” Their boats, gear, docks and packing houses take a blow. >click to read<20:33

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for September 21, 2018 – Hurricane Florence Aftermath

Keith Bruno (Endurance Seafood) of Oriental, NC is just one example of the destruction to our seafood industry from Hurricane Florence. North Carolina Fisheries Association is trying to get an idea of the total impact that Hurricane Florence has had on our industry. If you are a commercial fisherman, dealer and/or processor, please email your estimated damages and losses to Aundrea O’Neal. ([email protected]) Please include photos if possible. We are going to attempt reaching out to our Legislators to try and get assistance for our industry, but we need figures to present to them. NCFA would like to extend our sympathies to the Bruno family for the loss of their business and livelihood, as well as others’ throughout our region. >Click here to read the Weekly Update<, to read all the updates >click here<, for older updates listed as NCFA >click here<13:47

Hurricane Florence: Commercial, charter communities are answering call for help

The commercial fishing and charter boat communities in the north east part of the state are answering the call for help from hard-hit communities south of Dare, particularly Down East Carteret County. Tuesday, led by Hatteras Island fisherman Paul Rosell, a group made the long trek to Davis in Down East Carteret County. They delivered supplies and took along equipment to help secure homes. On Wednesday, Britton Shackleford, commercial fisherman, charter boat operator and Wicked Tuna Outer Banks personality, put out a call for others to join him to go Carteret County that day to clear trees around the homes of Capt. Sonny Davis and his family members. Davis is a member of North Carolina United Watermen. >click to read<10:28

From North Carolina Fisheries Association – WE NEED INFO ON HURRICANE FLORENCE FISHING INDUSTRY DAMAGES!!!

We need as much information on damages the commercial fishing industry has sustained as a result of Hurricane Florence! We know there will be huge losses from a future income standpoint, but that’s not what we’re looking for at the moment. We need to know about damage done to fish houses, boats, lost gear, etc. Also damages done to your homes, vehicles, or anything connected to commercial fishing. We will be contacting federal and state officials and the first thing they want are numbers, so please help us with this information! >click to read<12:41

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for August 31, 2018

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for August 24, 2018

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for Aug 10, 2018

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Many are injured on the job, most lack health insurance. Meet the cowboys of the sea.

North Carolina fishermen work long hours, and many fish alone. When harvesting shrimp, they can stay out on the water four to five days at a time. Broken bones and lacerations are common. Fishermen are disproportionately affected by skin cancer. The majority complain of back pain. Other lose limbs, even as many don’t have health insurance. Some die by drowning. One hurricane or unexpected cold front can move their crop. The stakes are high. But they don’t think about these things much and they didn’t see why a health care reporter was interested in talking to them, even as they admitted health care concerns have changed how many approached their fishing careers. For Glenn Skinner, 45, fishing is freedom. It’s in his blood. He’s a fourth generation fisherman from Carteret County and has been on fishing boats since he was 4 years old. >click to read<09:04

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for June 22, 2018

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for June 15, 2018

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Commentary: Questions abound with industrial oyster farm bill, It’s dirty – plain and simple.

Wonder what all the heartburn is about with the oyster restoration bill sponsored by local legislators Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, and Rep. Beverly Boswell, R-Dare? It’s dirty – plain and simple. And although the who, what and how parts are now visible, there are a ton of questions about various entities that are yet to be answered. The North Carolina Coastal Federation is taking the heat for the oyster aquaculture bill, H361, that contains a few needed fixes but primarily was written to benefit one company – a foreign company with a murky record in other states where it does business. But the Coastal Federation and the collaboratory that was appointed to map out a plan to grow the state’s oyster industry didn’t write the bill. >click to read<10:14

Bill’s changes would allow industrial-scale oyster farming in N.C.

Should oyster farming in North Carolina be a cottage industry or marine industrial operations owned by nonresident corporations? That is the question facing legislators working on changes to the state’s oyster aquaculture statutes enacted in 2017. Senate Bill 738, sponsored by Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow and Sen. Norm Sanderson, R-Pamlico, drew strong opinions when it was discussed on May 30 at a meeting of the Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Committee co-chaired by Cook and Sanderson. >click to read<11:46

 

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for June 1, 2018

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for May 25, 2018

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Nearly 200 NC Fishermen Travel To Raleigh For Second Annual Seafood Lobby Day

Today, commercial fishermen will forego a day working on the water and instead work the halls of the Legislative Building for the 2nd Annual Seafood Lobby Day. The event, coordinated by North Carolina Fisheries Association (NCFA), provides an opportunity for legislators to meet the individuals that provide fresh, NC-caught seafood to their communities across the state and to hear directly from commercial fishermen about the challenges they face. Nearly 200 fishermen from up and down the coast traveled to Raleigh for the event. >click to read<12:34

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for May 18, 2018

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for May 11, 2018

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for April 27, 2018

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for April 20, 2018

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for April 13, 2018

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for April 6, 2018

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NC Fisheries Association Files Lawsuit Against Marine Fisheries Commission For Lack Of Openness And Transparency

NC Fisheries Association yesterday filed a lawsuit against the Marine Fisheries Commission for violating open meeting laws and an overall lack of transparency and openness. In February 2016, North Carolina State Auditor, Beth Wood, issued findings in connection with an audit of the Division of Marine Fisheries. The audit findings included, “there have been open meetings laws violated by several members of the commission.” Also included in the auditor’s findings were, “four separate email chains dated January 14, 2015,,, >click to read<11:28