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coastalnewstoday.com 15 Sep, 2021 01:00 am

NC - Commercial fishing in NC adapts to threat of warming seas

NC - Commercial fishing in NC adapts to threat of warming seas
The alarm goes off at 3 a.m., and Cole Gibbs, the 21-year-old first mate of the commercial fishing vessel the Salvation, crawls out of bed and pulls a “Make America Fish Again” cap over his shaggy strawberry-blond mop.

Great Lakes Coastwide Caribbean Mid-Atlantic Northeast Southeast Hawaii & Alaska West Coast Gulf of Mexico International Mid-Atlantic p NC - Commercial fishing in NC adapts to threat of warming seas The alarm goes off at 3 a., and Cole Gibbs, the 21-year-old first mate of the commercial fishing vessel the Salvation, crawls out of bed and pulls a “Make America Fish Again” cap over his shaggy strawberry-blond mop.After several stints on large commercial fishing boats, he prefers to spend his time aboard the Salvation, a 32-foot daytrip boat fishing the Atlantic off the Outer Banks.It complements the deep uncertainty that already envelops the commercial fishing industry in North Carolina.

The commercial industry for wild-caught seafood off the North Carolina coast faces extreme pressure, as Locke sees it.Commercial fishermen in North Carolina and elsewhere perceive a high degree of regulatory risk, unnerving changes in fish stocks and other environmental forces, and risks associated with their supply chain, such as the price they’ll get for their catch and whether they’ll find a buyer.

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