In 2013, North Carolina Commercial fishermen brought in 50 million pounds of fish and shellfish with a dockside value of $79 million, according to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Trip Ticket Program.
Commercial fishermen in the state landed 21 million pounds of hard blue crabs worth $26.4 million in 2013.
Shrimp was the second most valuable product with landings of 4.9 million pounds and a dockside value of $13 million.
Rounding out the top 5 most valuable species were spiny dogfish (3 million pounds and $302,248), southern flounder (2.2 million pounds and $5.6 million) and Atlantic croaker (1.9 million pounds and $1.7 million).
Commercial finfish landings totaled 22 million pounds in 2013.
Shellfish landings totaled 28 million pounds.
Oyster harvests increased by 33 percent, including a notable increase in landings from the Pamlico Sound.
source: N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries