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‘Fishermen Only’

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This handwritten sign reading “Fishermen Only” at the Ocracoke Seafood Co. on Silver Lake at Ocracoke Island sets guidelines in line with  COVID-19 restrictions determined by the state. As Phase 2 of North Carolina’s reopening begins, Elizabeth Dyer with the company’s retail market said the company is taking strict precautions, including cleaning routines.

“We require masks for our patrons and even have complimentary disposable masks and hand sanitizer,” said Dyer. “There is a one-way flow of traffic and lines of tape to enforce social-distancing.”

Dyer said business has been fair, although “Memorial Day weekend was great, we are making enough each day to stay open.”

She said the message for seafood lovers is that there is high-quality seafood in North Carolina waters and to support commercial fishermen as a resource.

“I don’t wanna lose that,” she said.

About the Author

Dylan Ray

Dylan Baker Ray was raised in Greenville. His love for photojournalism began in high school where Ray worked as a photographer and cartoonist for to the school paper. After receiving a degree in photojournalism at Randolf Technical Institute, he moved to the Crystal Coast to become the chief photographer and eventually photo editor during his 15 years at the Carteret County News-Times. He has accrued more than 20 North Carolina Press Association awards in photojournalism and continues his work documenting and preserving the residents and their lives along the Southern Outer Banks. He lives in Beaufort with his wife and daughter.