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North Carolina Catch: As fresh as it gets

Trawlers docked in Harkers Island

APNEP’s work to protect and restore North Carolina’s sounds improves the environment, human health, and the quality of life for our citizens and visitors. But did you know that APNEP also works to promote economic opportunity?

Nowhere is this philosophy more evident than APNEP’s support for North Carolina Catch.

NC Catch supports local seafood marketing initiatives throughout the state. Founded in 2012, the organization serves as an umbrella nonprofit organization for four local catch groups along the coast: Carteret Catch, Ocracoke Fresh, Brunswick Catch, and Outer Banks Catch.

Fresh and abundant local seafood depends on healthy sounds and estuaries. By one estimate, 90% of America’s commercial fish catch spend part of their lives within an estuary.

“Having previously spent almost 20 years as part of North Carolina’s seafood industry, I can attest to the value of locally caught seafood and the significance it has in communities along our coast,” says APNEP field representative Jimmy Johnson. “There is nothing that compares to the taste of fish, crabs, shrimp and oysters harvested from the precious waters of eastern North Carolina.”

Johnson currently serves as president of the NC Catch board of directors and on several committees as well.

APNEP has also supported NC Catch by providing placemats to seafood restaurants throughout the state. Containing the NC Catch and APNEP logos, the placemats help educate consumers about the value of local seafood and healthy estuaries and include fun “fish facts” and puzzles for children.

Products from NC Catch organizations are served and sold throughout the Albemarle-Pamlico region, from the Triangle to the coast. Check out this link to find out where or click here to find out what’s in season.

Look for the NC Catch display at many festivals and fairs in the state, including the NC State Fair, the NC Seafood Festival and the Outer Banks Seafood Festival in October.

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