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A fresh take on the region's salty affairs
By: Susan West, N.C. Catch
The team from Eduardo's Taco Stand at the Seafood Throwdown
Every September, Hatteras Island pays tribute to a culture indelibly shaped by commercial and charter-boat fishing at the Day at the Docks celebration on the waterfront in Hatteras village.
The idea for the celebration took root in 2003 after Hurricane Isabel’s powerful storm surge breached the island, rupturing the highway and leaving Hatteras village accessible only by boat for more than two months.
Boat shuttle services and private skiffs carried residents, workers, fishermen, schoolkids, and supplies through Pamlico Sound between Hatteras and other villages on the island. Ferries hauled seafood trucks transporting fish landed in Hatteras to mainland distributors. But the tourism economy in the village ground to a halt.
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