North Carolina is known for several types of seafood. The saltwater bays are home to shrimp, blue crabs, stone crabs, bay scallops, clams, oysters, and fish.

North Carolina inshore commercial fishermen harvest redfish, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, bluefish, flounder, striped bass, croaker, speckled trout, gray trout, spot, and other fish.

Ocean seafood comes to port in North Carolina including hundreds of types of fish, crabs, shellfish and other seafood items.

North Carolina is best known for its pelagic fisheries, including tuna, mahi mahi, wahoo, king mackerel, swordfish, sharks and others.

The deeper waters produce snapper, grouper, sea bass, tilefish, triggerfish and other bottom dwelling fish.

North Carolina shrimpers harvest white shrimp, pink shrimp, and brown shrimp.

North Carolina is the second largest producer of freshwater trout in the United States.

The North Carolina Seafood Festival is held annually to recognize the importance of seafood to North Carolina. The festival is held in Morehead City, N.C. on the first weekend in October.

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