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What are they catching in the pots located under the Cape Fear River bridge?

Ken Little
StarNews

Michael Cole brings in a load of 40-pound baskets of blue crabs after a day of pulling crab traps along the Cape Fear River. StarNews file photo.

Blue crab is what is going into the pots, said Jim Kelley, of the N.C. Marine Patrol.

“Currently, the crabbers in the area have started to place crab pots further upriver. These pots are now visible from most if not all of the bridges in the area,” Kelley said. “Their target species is blue crab.”

The blue crab is common to all North Carolina Coastal waters. North Carolina is the leading blue crab producer in the U.S., according to the North Carolina Fisheries Association.

For information on recreational and commercial regulations regarding the blue crab, go to http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/ or contact the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries at (800) 682-2632 or (252) 726-7021.

RELATED LINKS:

Are blue crabs from the Cape Fear River safe to eat?

Can anyone put out crab pots in local waters for crabs?

Does anybody remember the recipe for the crabcakes served at Faircloth Seafood?

 

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