North Carolina Sees Lowest Commercial Seafood Harvest

MAY 3, 2006 -- The NC Division of Marine Fisheries says high gas prices are just one factor plaguing fishermen and resulting in North Carolina's lowest commercial seafood harvest on record.

The number of blue crabs harvested is down 10 million pounds from 2004.  Five million less shrimp were harvested during that time as well.

The Marine Fisheries Division says it's part of a nine year decline. Fishermen in Southport say gas prices are to blame, along with waterfront development that pushes out the spots for shrimpers and others. The seafood harvest of 79 million pounds last year was worth almost $65 million.

Reported by Joe Keiley