North Carolina’s First Fish

cedar point beachIn retirement, I plan to rekindle an old love. I’ve always enjoyed researching and writing about local history. I was lucky that my editors at the Winston-Salem Journal allowed me to pursue that passion during my 24 years there.

Since moving to the coast 16 years ago, I haven’t had the time. Until now. From time to time, I’ll pass along the stories that I bump into.

This first is about mullet. It was North Carolina’s first fish. It supported the first commercial fishery along the coast that boomed to prominence after the Civil War and continues today, though much diminished.

There was a time when scenes like the one pictured here were common all along the coast. This is a mullet camp in Cedar Point in western Carteret County. Taken in the 1950s, the picture shows men hauling mullet to the beach.

Read more here: https://www.coastalreview.org/…/coasts-history-north-carol…/

Author: Frank Tursi

Author, Journalist and mayor pro temp of Swansboro, NC

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