National Fisherman


Area commercial fishermen could get a phone call asking about their fishing habits as part of a survey getting under way by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.

The division will survey between now and June approximately 400 commercial fishermen who fish the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds, according to a division news release.

The survey will provide information on fishing habits, perceptions, income, expenditures and demographics. The information gathered in the survey will be used in fishery management plans as well as to develop economic impact models and to help fisheries managers make informed decisions on various fisheries topics, the release said.

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