They might be relatively small — even jumbo shrimp — but shellfish and crustaceans are valuable fisheries in North Carolina, worth millions of dollars each year.
North Carolina is home to numerous species of crustaceans and shellfish, in many shapes, sizes and colors. This is our first installment in an in-depth look at some of the more popular and interesting animals in this category that call coastal North Carolina home.
Crustaceans and shellfish do not put up a fight to catch them like most fish species. You do not need an expensive rod, reel or lures and most of them stay in the same location year-round and do not leave North Carolina waters.