This special 3-episode Lo & Behold season chronicles the story of the 1997 Fisheries Reform Act (FRA), a bill that dramatically changed the way North Carolina's coast was fished and regulated. Three years prior to the law, the state’s legislature forced a moratorium on the sale of commercial fishing licenses and creation of new fishery policy. Back then rapid development, overfishing and pollution gravely threatened North Carolina’s coastal habitats and communities. In this episode, we hear just how bad things were.
Thank you for listening to this special series of Lo & Behold: The Fisheries Reform Act, a podcast by Bit & Grain. This series was made possible by the NC Sea Grant Community Collaborative Research Grant Program. Collaborators included Jimmy Johnson of the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, oral historian and archivist Mary Williford, Barbara J. Garrity-Blake of Duke University Marine Lab, Karen Amspacher of Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center, Sandra Davidson, Baxter Miller, and Ryan Stancil of Bit & Grain, and journalist Susan West.
Featuring Discovery Harbor and SuzyB by Blue Dot Sessions
The story is told using excerpts from oral history interviews conducted last year. The interviews, transcripts, and a discussion guide suitable for use in classrooms and public forums are available https://www.raisingthestory.com/nc-fisheries-reform-act-an-oral-history-perspective/