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SIX BLOCKS OF ART Buy American, Buy Local
The American Craft Walk 2017 on Front Street in downtown Wilmington.
EACH year, six blocks of Front Street is blocked off to
Eighty artists are expected. Confirmed artists include Amy Grant,
Jill Jackson, Emily Water, Scott Seifer, Lauren Jones and Mike Bryand.
This year’s walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. with a Sept. 28 rain date. Front Street is lined with casual
cafes and eateries, one block off the Cape Fear River.
Joan and Mike Loch, former Wilmington retail gallery owners,
took ownership of the former Art Walk in 2015, rebranding it to
highlight American craft. —
STATE law is poised to reduce fishing of southern flounder in North Carolina.
vehicular traffic for craftsmen to display and sell art:
jewelry, pottery, fiber, wood, visual, photography and
glass. It is called the American Craft Walk, held in
The line of tents over individual craftsmen will stretch along
Front Street from Orange Street to Walnut Street this year.
This annual event is a juried art show and sale.
OVERFISHED Southern Flounder
A report by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries says the South Atlantic
Southern stock is overfished, and that overfishing is still occurring from North
Carolina to the east coast of Florida.
Marine Fisheries is implementing commercial and recreational flounder season clo-sure
in August so management actions can be implemented to create a sustainable
harvest and rebuild the spawning stock by 2028.
The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will vote on the final approval at its regular
meeting Aug. 21-23 in Raleigh. Marine Fisheries stated in a June press release that,
if approved, the closure would become effective immediately and stay in place until
adoption and implementation of Amendment 3 to the Southern Flounder Fishery
Management Plan, scheduled for completion in 2021, which includes quotas, slot limits,
changes in the size limit, additional gear changes and species-specific management.
The season’s closure this year is expected to reduce the commercial and recreational
harvest by 62 percent. Area commercial fishermen say flounder prices will rise.
Southern flounder is one of three main species of flounder taken on the North
Carolina coast. Southern flounder are brown on their left side with numerous dark and
light spots and blotches, but they are not ringed or ocellated as are other flounder spe-cies.
The right side of a southern flounder is white. The other two species are summer
flounder and Gulf flounder.
The specific Marine Fisheries Commission preferred management options can be
found on the southern flounder information page on the Marine Fisheries’ website.
— Pat Bradford
WBM september 2019 BON’S EYE MARKETING