NC Department of Agriculture
Ask for locally caught or sourced North Carolina Seafood products from retailers and restaurants, and be sure to look for the Got to Be NC Seafood logo.
For years, tourists have traveled to the southeastern coastal areas of North Carolina to take advantage of the delectable North Carolina seafood products that are available. This region’s relatively warm ocean waters, strong tidal currents and proximity to rivers and creeks create the ideal environment for producing high-quality shrimp, fish, crabs, oysters, clams, etc..
Despite the availability of fresh, locally-caught seafood, many vendors are relying on seafood products sourced outside of North Carolina, and sometimes even outside of the country. These imports can cause a hardship on hard working fishing families and communities along North Carolina’s coastal areas.
Fortunately, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recognizes the importance of fresh local seafood. The agency shows off the state’s seafood industry at events, tradeshows, and online via it’s Got to Be NC Seafood program. Visit www.gottobenc.com to find out where to buy local seafood, produce, specialty products, and where to locate farmers markets and roadside stands.