(Morehead City, N.C.) Coming up with a catchy slogan has been the easy part. Fishing families in North Carolina have faced plenty of challenges in the past few decades — from adapting to tighter regulations to heavy competition by foreign fishing fleets and farmed products. For leaders in the state’s growing local-catch movement, which aims to keep North Carolina’s fishing traditions alive, the big challenge ahead is getting the rest of us to remember that “buy local” applies to seafood, too.
Last month, local-catch leaders gathered here in Carteret County to look at ways to spread the word about N.C. seafood.
The Feb. 22 Local Catch Summit, sponsored by North Carolina Sea Grant and Saltwater Connections, drew about 25 representatives from North Carolina’s four local-catch groups — Carteret Catch, Brunswick Catch, Ocracoke Fresh and Outer Banks Catch — and North Carolina Catch, a newly formed umbrella organization. >> Read More