Commercial fishermen and the commercial fishing industry have been important to North Carolina’s economy, culture and environment for centuries. There are thousands of people catching, preparing and selling millions of pounds of seafood from our coast every year. Let us introduce them to you.
The commercial fishermen in coastal towns and villages share a connection and a commitment to their livelihood and to each other. Supporting the community during good times and bad comes with the territory.
North Carolina’s wild-caught commercial seafood industry provides nearly $300 million in economic impact and supports more than 5,500 jobs across communities in rural coastal areas. Consumer demand for fresh, local seafood is higher than ever.
North Carolina’s commercial fishing industry is a world leader in sustainability, ensuring that our vital natural resource is here for generations to come. Commercial fishermen use science, data and partnerships with regulatory agencies to safeguard our thriving ecosystem.
Many commercial fishing operations are small, family-owned businesses. These are people trying to make a living doing what they love, often taught by their parents or grandparents. It’s more than family tradition – it’s a way of life.