“It’s not fish ye’re buyin, it’s men’s lives.” — SIR WALTER SCOTT

“Commercial fishing built the courthouses and the businesses of these communities; it’s built the schools and churches, our homes and provided for us for generations. Fishing dollars have built our communities,” said a community leader at the annual Blessing of the Fleet several years back. And what he said then is still true.

The communities of the Outer Banks Byway were all founded on fishing; first for subsistence, then for a vibrant commercial market for shrimp, clams, crabs, oysters and fish of all kinds. Incomes, determined by weather, the ebbs and flows of migrating fish, and market changes, sustained the economic base of Hatteras Island, Ocracoke and Down East villages for generations. Fishing did, in fact, build these communities and continues to sustain them.

The men and women who work the water continue to define the character of the people — independent and self-reliant. Today, fishing — in all its manifestations — commercial, charter and recreational — is still the anchor for our communities. Once you have tasted North Carolina’s local seafood, whether from a retailer, restaurant or self-caught, you will be hooked!
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    We sell fishing tackle and marine supplies, groceries and hardware.

    1016 Island Road, Harkers Island, NC
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    Captain's Choice

    A family style restaurant with your choice of buffet or ordering off the menu. Entrée choices include shrimp, clam strips, oysters, scallops, deviled clams and crab and their local version of clam chowder. Resources & Links: Carteret Catch

    977 Island Road, Harkers Island, NC
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    Sea Side Galley

    The Sea Side Galley’s cafe connects to a convenience store and gift shop that the Guthrie family of Harkers Island opened in 1986. The Core Sound Chowder is a specialty, served by the cup or bowl. Made with a thin broth (no cream or milk), wild clams, and chunks of potato, this version is simple. […]

    311 Island Rd, Harkers Island, NC