North Carolina Sea Grant provides expert assistance to the state’s diverse seafood and fishing industries. Staff members serve on state, regional or national advisory panels for topics, such as shrimp or red drum. They also link university researchers to those in the commercial and recreational fishing, aquaculture, and seafood industries to improve fisheries research efforts, and then bring the results to stakeholders.
Sea Grant helps coastal communities sustain commercial fishing livelihoods and culture, reduce bycatch and encourage the long-term health of our fisheries. Our team also develops initiatives to assist recreational anglers, marinas and other business owners. They also collaborate with new aquaculture ventures in the state, guiding these enterprises to meet the demands of increasing seafood consumption.
North Carolina Sea Grant offers a collection of resources for those interested in marine aquaculture, including a shellfish siting tool for current and future growers.
North Carolina Sea Grant continues its national leadership in efforts to help fishermen market and brand their seafood.
Consumers need to know the source of their seafood. North Carolina Sea Grant is helping make the public more aware of the seasonal availability of fish and shellfish — and how to identify what is fresh.
Results from a pair of studies by researchers from Duke University and North Carolina State University suggest that seafood consumption recommendations on mercury and PCB levels should use local, rather than regional or national, data.
Results from collaborative state-funded fishery research, administered by North Carolina Sea Grant, have been incorporated into state and regional fishery management decisions.