Two of our favorite Roanoke Islanders are back with another terrific book on Outer Banks history! Wayne & Nancy Gray have just released Commercial Fishing on the Outer Banks- a thoroughly researched, well-written tome on the history and importance of the industry to our area- illustrated with over 200 archival photographs. Locals and visitors alike will agree this is a 'must have' for anyone with a love for the Outer Banks.
Fishing on the Outer Banks for subsistence began over 1,000 years ago with the Algonquin Indians, who made their summer camps on the islands. They came for the seafood and learned how to fish for various species during each season. Some of their fishing methods are still used by local watermen. The early settlers to the area were also fishers for sustenance. It was not until the Civil War, however, when they became commercial fishermen. Historic shad runs combined with the building of infrastructure such as an ice plant, roads, and bridges finally made possible the exportation of their catches to northern markets. In the 1950s, tourists started trickling in, and restaurants began dotting the landscape, promoting the consumption of fresh seafood. Today, in an economy ruled by tourism, fishing for profit still plays a strong role. What began in the 1660s with a shipment of 80 barrels of whale oil has continued to the present with internationally coveted catches of bluefin tuna. Although the fishing industry is threatened today as never before, commercial fishermen will continue to develop new markets and fight for their livelihoods.
Wayne & Nancy will be joining Larry Tise, author of Circa 1903, for pre-Father's Day signing. Copies of their earlier titles- Lost Buffalo City, Legendary Locals of the Northern Outer Banks and Roanoke Island's Boating Heritage will also be available.
Commercial Fishing on the Outer Banks is $21.99 and in stock now.