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Re-evaluating the Origins of the North Carolina Menhaden Industry

April 19, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Hybrid Hybrid Event

The menhaden industry of North Carolina, which began in 1865 and ended in 2005, is one of the State’s most thoroughly documented fisheries. Unfortunately, the industry’s origins have never been thoroughly explored. Due to a reliance on two primary sources, scholars have assumed that there were only five menhaden factories in North Carolina prior to 1881. There were, in fact, no fewer than a dozen menhaden factories in the state between 1865 and 1883. Utilizing a variety of sources, this presentation will re-evaluate the narrative on the origins of North Carolina’s menhaden industry.

Join Maritime Historian David Bennett for the free presentation, which will be held in the museum auditorium and livestreamed on Zoom (sign up to receive the Zoom link via email). The program is presented in partnership with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. The programs focus on the history of four different fisheries in North Carolina as part of the DMF celebration of 200 Years of State Marine Fisheries Management and Conservation in North Carolina.


North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort
315 Front St.
Beaufort, NC 28516 United States
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Registration costs, less a 10% fee, are refunded when the museum receives cancellation notice at least 48 hours before the start of a program. There is no refund within 48 hours of the start of a program, and tickets cannot be transferred to a later program date within that 48 hour timeframe. Due to material costs and supply, Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center Courses require a 2-week notification for cancellations; only the course fee is refunded if cancellation occurs prior to 2 weeks. The Museum reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet the minimum participant requirement up to one week before the program is scheduled. In the event of cancellation due to low enrollment, participants who have submitted a fee will receive a full refund. If a program is canceled due to inclement weather and unable to be rescheduled for another date, the participants will receive a full refund.