“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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    Risky Business Seafood

    Risky Business Seafood is family owned and operated.  Our specialties include spicy steamed shrimp, live and steamed crabs, and homemade crabcakes.  We take great pride in promoting the NC seafood industry.  Our Hatteras village market is the only seafood retail market located on the water and much of the seafood we sell comes directly off the […]

    57896 Hwy 12, Hatteras, NC
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    Teach's Lair Marina

    Teach’s Lair is a full service Hatteras marina located at the south end of Hatteras Village, the closest point to the Gulf Stream north of Florida. Whether you’re interested in offshore, inshore or sound fishing, or wreck diving or dockage for your boat, our helpful and friendly staff is ready to assist you

    58646 Hwy 12, Hatteras, NC
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    Hatteras Landing Marina

    Our seasoned captains, experienced crews, and stat of the art vessels will take you into the world class Hatteras fishery for an exciting day of offshore or inshore fishing.  We offer a variety of trips, including full day, half-day, and make-up charters.

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    Oden's Dock

    Family owned and operated since 1950, Oden’s Dock is a full service marina and includes a charter fleet running half-day inshore and nearshore charters and full-day offshore fishing charters, fishing aboard the headboats Miss Hatteras and Captain Clam, parasailing and kayak tours, full service ship’s store with all your bait and tackle needs, fish cleaning, […]

    57878 Hwy 12, Hatteras, NC
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    The Albatross Fleet

    The Albatross Fleet pioneered the charter boat industry on the NC coast in 1937 and continues to operate the original custom wooden boats built along the Heritage Trail in Down East Carteret County. Our crews, captains and mates alike, are local and have fished these waters their entire lives. Our dock is in the center […]

    57976 NC Hwy. 12, Hatteras, NC
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    Harbor House Seafood Market

    The Harrisons have been Hatteras Village commercial fishermen since 1990.  They are “producers and processors,” meaning that they not only catch fish, but also cut and fillet their catch that is sold in the market adjoining their home.  In addition to selling raw seafood, they also sell seafood dishes prepared by the family. Resources & […]

    58129 Hwy. 12, Hatteras, NC
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    Harbor Deli

    Harbor Deli is dedicated to providing locally-sourced seafood dishes.  Owner Jennifer Scarborough is a 5th generation island native.  She often buys fish from her uncle who has fished out of Hatteras since he was a young man.  Harbor Deli opens at 5:00 AM in season so people heading out on fishing trips can get breakfast […]

    58058 Hwy 12, Hatteras NC
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    Mr. Big Seafood

    The Willis family began catching and selling seafood to wholesale and retail markets in 1976.  Offering soft shell crabs, flounder, shrimp and more, Alison and Eddie Willis sell their catch and that of other NC commercial fishermen to consumers at their retail market and at inland drop-off locations for their community supported fisheries program. Resources […]

    1254 Island Road, Harkers Island NC