North Carolina’s wild-caught commercial seafood industry’s economic impact is nearly $300 million and it supports more than 5,500 jobs. From the boat and dock to the trucks and markets, commercial fishermen create jobs – including many in rural coastal areas that have few other employment opportunities.
Commercial fishing sustains jobs and income for businesses such as marinas, boatyards, boat builders, fishing gear suppliers and fuel suppliers. Seafood landings support processing, packing, warehousing and transportation jobs. The commercial seafood supply chain results in jobs for wholesalers, distributors, retail seafood markets, farmers markets, grocery chains and restaurants.