More than 2,000 acres of North Carolina’s coast closed to shellfish harvesting

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SOUTHEASTERN, NORTH CAROLINA — State fisheries authorities have closed 2,450 acres of North Carolina’s coastal waters to shellfish harvesting after the waters failed to meet required bacteriological standards. Locally, nearly 200 acres of coastal waters in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties have been closed until further testing meets quality standards, according to the North […]

Growing the ‘best damn oyster’: Inside the effort to get local oyster farming up to speed

"I’d stand my oysters up against the best. And it’s not because I’m smarter, or a better farmer, or using a better strain. It’s the water. It's where we are."

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  WILMINGTON – Oyster farming is sustainable, environmentally beneficial and potentially lucrative. So why doesn’t North Carolina have more oyster farms? “There’s no reason not to do this,” said Tim Holbrook, owner of the Masonboro Reserve Oyster Co., “They’re good for the environment, they’re delicious. And it’s not a bad office. “And yet,” he added, […]