WILMINGTON, NC -- A new law urges all coastal community colleges to offer courses on commercial fishing and aquaculture. The law states commercial fishing brings fresh, local seafood to the market and is a mainstay of the coastal economy.

Jenna Colthorp is a Marine Technology student at Cape Fear Community College.

Colthorp said, "This program you learn a lot more of the technical stuff. Where if you were to take a commercial fishing course, you would learn a lot more of the actual fishing aspect, rather than all of the technology that goes behind it."

Cape Fear Community College's Marine Technology Chairman Jason Rogers said many of the students who join the program are attracted to careers working on the water.

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