Fisheries Reform Act Summit Set for September 27, 2017

Outer Banks Catch is hosting a NC Fisheries Reform Act Summit on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Civic Center in Washington, NC. 

The 1997 Fisheries Reform Act serves as the framework for the coastal fisheries management process in North Carolina. 

The Summit will feature in-depth discussions about the Reform Act, its effectiveness in protecting coastal fishery resources and balancing stakeholder interests, and its capacity to address new and emerging issues impacting coastal resources. 

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Haint Blue: The 1997 NC Fisheries Reform Act

Discussions of Science, Policy and Politics : A project of the Coastal and Ocean Policy program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the NC Fisheries reform Act of 1997, several scientists and commercial fishing representatives joined together to provide an oral history of the act including, its passage and locals' experiences.  

The research team conducted 13 oral history interviews, created 3 podcasts, and developed a discussion guide suitable for use in classrooms and public forums.  

During the Spring 2017 term, the MCOP capstone class participated in the researchers' introduction of their podcast to elicit feedback and students had the opportunity to discuss the material with project leads.  

The podcast was very cool and very well done!  Definitely worth a listen.

You can find more information on the project and the full podcast at Raising the

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New Podcast Explores History of North Carolina’s 1997 Fisheries Reform Act

The first episode of Lo & Behold: The Fisheries Reform Act, a podcast by Bit & Grain, is now available at

The podcast is based on 13 oral history interviews conducted with fishermen, scientists, environmental advocates and resource managers involved in creating and implementing the 1997 N.C. Fisheries Reform Act. The comprehensive oral history project was made possible by the Community Collaborative Research Grant, a program supported by North Carolina Sea Grant in partnership with the William R. Kenan Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science based at North Carolina State University.

Project coordinator, Susan West, notes that opportunities to record and document the experiences of those involved are fading as this year marks the 20th anniversary of the original act. “Through collaboration, we were able to produce a multidimensional record of these voices that can be readily accessed by the public,” she explains.

Read the complete North Carolina Sea Grant news release here.