Our State Quiz: Fresh Catch North Carolina’s commercial fishermen work year-round to bring coastal delights from the ocean to your plate. written by Alan Hodge photograph by Baxter Miller Fresh Catch In 2017, North Carolina’s commercial fishermen landed 54.3 million pounds of finfish and shellfish. What county, whose seat is Manteo, topped the chart with a reported catch of 14.1 million pounds? Hard crabs accounted for almost 18.1 million pounds of North Carolina’s 2017 commercial catch, weighing more than any other category. What species of crab is most commercially common along our coast? Commercial fishing for Atlantic menhaden in North Carolina brought in around 500,000 pounds in 2016. What famous group of retired African-American fishermen and musicians celebrate this fish with their songs? A new state record for largest bluefin tuna was set last March when an 877-pound behemoth was caught on the sportfishing charter craft A-Salt Weapon. This boat is based at Pirate’s Cove Marina in what town near Oregon Inlet? Held each fall for more than 30 years, the NC Seafood Festival celebrates the economic and gastronomic influence that fishing has on our state. This event takes place in what Carteret County city? The NC Department of Marine Fisheries maintains 13 sanctuary reefs for the protection of oysters that act as brood stock for surrounding waters. One of these reefs is located near the mouth of what river that flows past New Bern? Commercial and charter fishing boats unload their catch each day at a famous Brunswick County town known for its many seafood restaurants. What is this small town, known as the “Seafood Capital of the World”? To reduce the chance of harming animals like sea turtles, commercial shrimp trawlers in our waters must use a device on their nets called a BRD, which is an abbreviation for what? North Carolina has about 4,000 commercial fishermen, 9,000 recreational commercial gear licensees, and two million recreational anglers. What NC Division of Marine Fisheries agency is on our waters, making sure that people fish fairly?