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1805 Vincennes Place $494,500 808 Howes Point Place $669,000 UNDER CONTRACT 1516 Black Chestnut Drive $729,000 1700 Signature Place $349,000 532 Moss Tree Drive $939,500 1913 Hallmark Lane $539,000 1621 Landfall Drive $695,000 1009 Arboretum Drive $939,000 40 WBM july 2016 Even while talking about how good it is this year, Jackie concedes that these are difficult days. “Well, you would say that if you see the number of boats,” she says. “There’s only a few that are local, where there used to be 30-something.” In the past, virtually everyone around here made their living off the water’s bounty. Now, people like Jackie and her husband, Nicky, face an uncertain future. “There’ll always be shrimp,” Nicky Varnam says. “But there ain’t going to be no shrimpers left.” It’s happening all over the state. “Studies showed our licensed fishermen were getting older,” says Patricia Smith, public information officer with the Division of Marine Fisheries in Morehead City. “In a nutshell, if you are looking at the long-term over the past 20 years, you’ve seen commercial fishing drop statewide in the number of towns where commercial fishing is harvested and the number of people in the business.” Bimbo Melton, one member of a large fishing family that lived in a home where Boca Bay restaurant now stands, once worked alongside more than a dozen shrimpers out of Wrightsville Beach. Today his 28-foot boat is one of the few remaining docked on Motts Creek. He explains that young boys now don’t pursue shrimping as a career. “People are getting out of it because there’s no money in it,” he says. Wrightsville resident Sheila McCuston agrees that not many shrimpers remain on the island today, although some faithfuls, like her hus-band, Denny, are still shrimping. “Denny just renewed his license yes-terday,” she said in early June. It once was so simple: trawl, net and haul the shrimp; sell the shrimp; make a decent living. These days, shrimpers and other commercial fishermen say they are besieged by regulations, prohibitive costs, developers buying up all the water-front property, and unfair competition from cheap, imported seafood. 1720 Drysdale Drive • 910-256-6111 • www.landfallrealty.com


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