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February 6, 2020 | Katelyn Vause


Jane Harrison, 919-513-0122,

A new study will calculate the economic impacts of North Carolina’s commercial fishing industry. All active commercial fishermen — almost 2,500 individuals — are receiving a survey by mail as part of the research. Those who fill the survey out will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Glenn Skinner, a commercial fisherman and executive director of the N.C. Fisheries Association, sits on the N.C. Commercial Fishing Resource Funding Committee, which requested this study to be done. Skinner says, “We need to know the total economic value of the seafood industry to this state. It’s not just the seafood sales. It’s the money we spend on gas for our trucks and boat repair, the jobs created at seafood processing facilities and restaurants. This survey will make it clear how important commercial fishing is to North Carolina.”

Are you an active commercial fisher but didn’t receive a survey? Contact Chris Dumas at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. His email is and his telephone number is 910-962-4026. Only fishermen with 2019 North Carolina commercial fishing licenses who had trip ticket sales in 2019 are eligible to take the survey.

To learn more about the project, read this blogpost.

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