Stories by Sandy Semans Ross

New fish house in Stumpy Point helps keeps a tradition alive

Since the closing of Roger Best’s Trinity Seafood in 1997, Stumpy Point has been without a fish house. That changed recently when Luke Midgett bought and razed the old Trinity building and built a new facility.

Feb 9


New rules for eel farming create barriers to enforcement

After years of controversy, at its February 2016 meeting, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s American Eel Management Board granted the state's request for 200 pounds of quota for glass eels.

Jan 12


Quest for eel quota continued as poachers raided fishery

The harvest and export of glass eels is limited to Maine and South Carolina, but the prized-sized fish are poached in other states and sold to dealers who export them overseas.

Jan 11


Tiny glass eel draws big money, political muscle and poachers

Following an EU ban on exports in 2010, the price paid to fishermen shot up from less than $100 to about $189 per pound and in recent years has topped $2,000. Dealers can get 2.5 to 3 times that in the Asian market.

Jan 10


OB Catch hosting summit on N.C. Fisheries Reform Act

The event will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Washington Civic Center in Washington, N.C., and will revisit the creation of the State’s first-ever comprehensive fisheries management structure set into law 20 years ago.

Sep 26


Money continues to pile up while fishermen wait on lawyers

It's been seven years since an agreement over a lawsuit doubled commercial fishing license fees to pay for observers to accompany fishermen, but the revenue is still tied up in legal limbo.

Sep 7


Marine Fisheries deflected input on turtle policies after lawsuit

After the settlement of a lawsuit over the lack of a federal permit for incidental takes of sea turtles while using large mesh net to fish for flounder in North Carolina waters, a group tasked with helping form new policies was ignored.

Aug 28


Turtles Permits Money A three-part series

A variety of maritime activities contribute to sea turtle deaths

Ask what water-based activity interacts the most with threatened and endangered sea turtles and many will reply without hesitation: commercial fishing. But state records show that to be incorrect.

Aug 21


Bag-ban repeal could still be considered later this month

Boat owners will no longer have to pay sales taxes on repairs, maintenance and installation services for boats, an aircraft or a qualified jet engine. Repeal of the bag ban survived conference committee cuts.

Aug 11


Mystery surrounds transfer of Festival Park oversight

Just as The Lost Colony ends shrouding the future in mystery, the next act of RIHA and Festival Park also leaves questions unanswered. Will RIHA Chairman Steve King, a Wisconsin resident and Manteo homeowner, be around for the next act?

Jun 26


The true toll of a treacherous bill on commercial fishing

Fishermen have become so used to something smelling rotten that they have learned to just keep working while trying to hold their nose.

Jun 15


Issues in courts, legislature leave election details hazy

While a conference committee made up of state senators and representatives try to reach agreement on a state budget set to go into effect July 1, other legislation continues to makes its way through the General Assembly. The only thing certain about state and local election processes for this year and next is that the […]

Jun 14