OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. — The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce will unveil the artwork for the 30th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach on Tuesday, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. (UPDATE 8/10/10: this event has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach).
WILMINGTON, N.C. — Several local commercial fishermen will begin distributing 2,000 bushels of oyster shells in Middle Sound on Monday, July 19, to build habitat and supplement their income.
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will pay the fishermen $2 a bushel to distribute the shells as part of the N.C. Coastal Federation’s $5 million federal economic recovery grant. The grant also included building two large oyster reefs covering 48 acres in Pamlico Sound. That work was completed in May. The project has so far created about 135 jobs.
MOREHEAD CITY, NC — North Carolina commercial seafood landings rose by 13 percent in 2008, bolstered by the best hard blue crab harvest since 2003. The increase ends a previous five-year decline for the state’s seafood industry.
Of the 71.2 million pounds of seafood sold to dealers last year, nearly half, or 32.9 million pounds, were hard blue crabs, according to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Trip Ticket Program. Hard crabs also contributed $25 million to the $87 million total dockside value of seafood in 2008, a $4 million increase from the 2007 total.