The topic for the latest edition of the
Radio Hatteras interview show, "To the Point," was seafood
-- not just any seafood, but seafood that is locally harvested by
commercial fishermen who catch a diverse species of fish, oysters,
shrimp, and crabs off Hatteras Island and all of the Outer Banks.
"To the Point" is hosted by
Irene Nolan, editor of The Island Free Press, and she had two guests
for this interview, who have something important in common. They are
passionate about fishing for a living and all that it involves and
about spreading the word about locally caught seafood and our area's
rich commercial fishing heritage.
Sandy Semans of Stumpy Point on the
Dare County mainland is a retired newspaper editor who has worked in
the commercial fishing industry, is married to a commercial
fisherman, and is now a free-lance writer and the new interim
executive director of Outer Banks Catch, an organization that was
formed to promote local seafood, what it means to the area's economy
and its commercial fishing heritage.
Lynne Foster of Hatteras village owns
and operates the Albatross Fleet of charter boats with her husband,
Ernie, who has done his share of commercial fishing when he's not
taking anglers to the Gulf Stream. Lynne is a writer who has been a
regular food columnist for the Island Free Press, focusing, of
course, on fresh, local seafood. She also was instrumental in
beginning Day at the Docks, Hatteras Island's very successful
celebration of its watermen and fishing heritage.
Semans covered some of the history of
Outer Banks Catch, which was officially created by the Dare County
Board of Commissioners in about 2010 and, with the blessing and
cooperation of the county, has now become a private, non-profit.
According to Dare County's public
information officer, Dorothy Hester, Outer Banks Catch actually grew
out of the county's advisory committee on working watermen.
catch program includes outreach through educational materials in both
printed and online forms, presence at appropriate events and
promoting restaurants that serve local seafood. It also includes
other commercial fishing industry members including seafood
retailers, wholesale fish houses, fishermen and industry supporters.
are more than 1,500 commercial fishing and shellfish licenses in the
four-county OBC region," Semans says. "Add that to the
number of retail seafood markets, seafood dealers, delivery drivers,
packers, fish processors, crab pickers, oyster shuckers, commercial
equipment suppliers, boat repairs and other businesses including
restaurants that rely on products from the industry, and the job
creation of this historic industry is considerable. And all those
jobs continually pump money back into the local economy year round. "
Banks Catch, she says, "is not a fishing organization nor a
lobbying group. It doesn’t represent restaurants or fish dealers.
It is about educating the public to ensure that commercial fishing –
one of the state’s oldest industries – remains viable and that
it’s history is known and appreciated. Our only constituency is
the radio interview, Semans explains how local restaurants can join
Outer Banks Catch and promote the local seafood that they serve.
talks about the Day at the Docks event, which, this year, will be on
Saturday, Sept. 17, on the waterfront in Hatteras village, and how it
aims to educate consumers and feature fresh local seafood.
topics Foster discusses is supporting restaurants that serve local
seafood, how to tell if a restaurant is selling local seafood or
something else, maybe even something imported -- don't be shy, she
says, just ask the server directly.
and Semans also discuss what seafood is in season at different times
of the year, how to buy it and make sure its fresh, and how to
prepare it yourself
To listen to the interview, scroll down
to the "To the Point" logo and click on the arrow.
"To the Point" is broadcast
on the island's community radio station,101.5 FM on southern Hatteras
and 99.9 FM on northern Hatteras, at 5 p.m. on the first and third
Sunday of each month. It is repeated on the second and fourth
Sunday. Those who don't live on Hatteras can listen to the show on
Sundays through live streaming at www.radiohatteras.org.
MORE ABOUT RADIO HATTERAS
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community, non-profit radio station and depends on grants,
memberships, and underwriting.
It broadcasts around the clock with
news -- including such things as surfing and fishing reports --
community announcements, music, and special programs. The station is
also now streamed live. To listen, go to www.radiohatteras.org.
Our community radio station
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Radio Hatteras memberships
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Mail memberships and other contributions to Radio Hatteras, P.O. Box
339, Frisco, NC 27936.
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