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NC Blue Crabs

The blue crab is common to all North Carolina coastal waters, but the largest populations tend to live in the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds. In 2011, over 30 million pounds of blue crabs were harvested commercially, with a dockside value of $21 million. In order to grow, a blue crab must shed its shell and …

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Shrimp

North Carolina has three main types of shrimp: brown, pink and white. Shrimp are estuarine dependent — that means they live in marshes and estuaries when they are very young because it’s safe and there is plenty of food. They grow very quickly, doubling in size every few weeks. When shrimp are almost full-grown, they …

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