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Current Affairs in Marine Fisheries Web Series: Shrimp Trawling
April 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
For every pound of shrimp caught in North Carolina waters by shrimp trawls, about four pounds of finfish and other marine life are caught, killed and shoveled overboard after being culled from shrimp harvests. Shrimp trawling activity is highest in North Carolina’s sensitive sounds, where trawling destroys fragile habitat areas and devastates substantial quantities of juvenile fish. North Carolina’s sounds and estuaries are highly productive nursery areas that provide vital habitat to juvenile fish before they mature and have the opportunity to spawn and reproduce.
The devastating impact of trawling on fisheries demands urgent and immediate action and a new approach to managing North Carolina’s waters to protect the creatures and people who depend on them, now and for generations to come.
Part Two of our North Carolina Marine Fisheries web series will highlight some iconic and valuable species in North Carolina and the fisheries management in North Carolina. Devastating declines in our fisheries require a new approach to managing North Carolina’s waters.