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NC Catch Summit March 12-13 in Southport

SOUTHPORT — Learn about the state’s fisheries and economic opportunities for the seafood industry during the seventh annual NC Catch Summit: Sustaining Local Fishing Communities March 12-13.

Hosted this year by Brunswick Catch, the summit, to be held at the Southport Community Center, includes tours, educational sessions, live demonstrations, speakers, a new fish film viewing and meals that feature local seafood prepared by local chefs.

The summit begins with tours the afternoon of March 12 and wraps up at 3 p.m. the following day, March 13.

Speaker topics include fisheries management, opportunities for the future of the state’s fish, successful seafood operations and a viewing of a new, short-format documentary about underutilized fish species. Live demonstrations include processing shrimp, filleting fish, oyster shucking and preparation.

A net to napkin tour follows the route that seafood takes from Royce Potter’s shrimp boat in the Southport Yacht basin, to a fish house, to an area restaurant. A wholesale tour option goes to the port of Wilmington and SeaView Crab Co. to see cold chain logistics.

Jon Haag, Oak Island Fishmonger and Brunswick Catch chairman, encourages anyone interested in the seafood economy to attend the summit. He has a reason for adding food demonstrations between the speakers and educational sessions, according to the press release.

“Our fisheries have catch limits and trip limits and all kinds of issues, but no matter how bad things get, the one thing you can always do is cook,” Haag said in a statement.

The event is free and open to the public, but there is a small fee for Monday night’s dinner. Registration is required at nccatch.org or call the Brunswick County Extension office at 910.253.2610. Overnight accommodations are available at Fort Caswell courtesy of the NC Baptist Assembly.

Restaurants  supporting this event include Swain Seafood Shack, Mr. P’s, Fishy Fishy, St. James Reserve Club and Oliver’s. Headline sponsors include North Carolina Department of Agriculture, Brunswick County Farm Bureau and others.

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