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    Posted: 08 August 2018 at 10:00am

Equate People with Sustainable Fisheries

Currently NC competes with foreign imports with bulk pricing selling product that is not as fresh (good tasting) as it could be and in many situations not at the size when it gets the best price - there is a lot of difference in taste between a day fresh shrimp (small boats and channel netting) and one that has been in a fish box soaked in chemicals for five days rocking on the Pamlico Sound.

Few commercial fisherman make  a decent income and the profits are steered to a very few that can only compete in a bulk low quality market.

What if the focus shifted to high quality sustainable production both in wild caught and aquaculture/mariculture- better fish stocks and better opportunities for the recreational sector, for-hire sector, aquaculture and small commercial fisherman.

There would be better seafood at restaurants and at home at slightly higher prices but spots and croakers would again be available as they once were to be caught or purchased by the poor and frugal.

This is an arena where the small guy close to a local market could best compete.

Walmart or SAS model for NC fisheries?

What happened to all the local hardware and small groceries in many coastal towns after Walmart?

What happened to all the small shrimpers when the big boats came in?

Is there less effort in a few Walmarts than in the shuttered small grocery and hardware stores combined? No!

Is there less going to the small guy - absolutely!

SAS or Walmart?

Not the most poundage but the best quality and the best profitability and something to make NC proud?

With shrimp this can be simply accomplished by moving otter trawls to the ocean and only allowing skimmer and wing trawls in our sound, which do not disturb the bottom and are geared to small boats - use best available technique. 

Small boats are more likely to come in every day and sell their catch.  Without the worry to get them before they are all gone, small shrimpers can wait until the shrimp are a good size and more profitable.

The big guys have proven they will not wait.  The dealer owned big boats are there to crash the price of shrimp for everyone so that the dealer makes the profit.

...the above thought was shared with me this morning by a smart guy and good friend.

Edited by Rick - 08 August 2018 at 10:41am
NC Fisheries Management- Motto: Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad   Slogan: Shrimp On! Mission Statement: Enable Commercial Fishing At Any and All Cost, Regardless of Impact to the Resource.
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