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MARITIME HERITAGE SERIES: The Oyster Patrol: Early Enforcement of North Carolina’s Oyster Laws

March 23, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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In 1891, North Carolina created the Shell Fish Commission with the purpose of promoting and protecting North Carolina’s most valuable fishery: oysters. To enforce the state’s oyster laws, North Carolina leased several vessels to patrol the sounds until it purchased Lily, the state’s first official vessel for fisheries law enforcement. Join Maritime History Curator David Bennet in the museum auditorium to explore the challenges and controversies that the Shell Fish Commission faced while patrolling the state’s waters. Free; no registration required.


North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort
315 Front St.
Beaufort, NC 28516 United States
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