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Shrimping in North Carolina

May 17, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Hybrid Hybrid Event

North Carolina’s shrimp industry slowly emerged in the Lower Cape Fear region during the 19th century. However, it did not take-off until the years leading up to World War I when Scandinavian immigrants introduced the otter trawl to Brunswick County. Following the introduction of the otter trawl, the industry quickly expanded and spread from Brunswick County to the Pamlico Sound. As business improved so did the watercraft. Eventually, the shrimp industry peaked in the late 1940’s and in the early 1950’s. By the late 1950’s, the fishery began to face challenges due to environmental factors, heavy fishing, foreign imported shrimp, and conflicts with other fisheries.

Join Maritime Historian David Bennett for the free presentation 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 and Refund Policy:

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.