What happened to the crab pots in Wrightsville Beach?

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Several crab fisherman in New Hanover County are pushing through the week without all of their equipment, after discovering close to 100 crab pots missing.

David Inscore said he and his fellow fishermen found one missing pot after another Wednesday morning around Wrightsville Beach. Inscore lost almost 20, but some of his colleagues' losses are double that.

The group has filed a report with the Division of Marine Fisheries, but it's hard to tell at this point if the crab pots were stolen or simply cut from the buoys that marked their position in the water. If it's the latter, Inscore said it could be dangerous.

"They're death traps," he said. "They're catching crabs, they're catching fish and there's no one there to work them."

Without the buoys to mark them, the pots pose a threat to boaters as well, according to Inscore.

Right now, he's more worried about his livelihood. The missing equipment means reduced sales, like Inscore's trip to a local restaurant Thursday.

"Normally they would get six buckets," he said. "Today it was two."

These fishermen dealt with this same problem around this time last year. Anyone with information about the crab pots is asked to contact the Division of Marine Fisheries.

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