Rather than fret passively about the decline of the regional fishing industry and commercial dock space, a group of Brunswick County fishermen is trying to do something about it. May they succeed.
The idea of a commercial marina cooperative is not without obstacles, but local officials should support the concept and offer as much assistance as possible.
Shrimper Bill Hickman, who heads up the fisheries advisory committee working on a plan, summed up the situation nicely: “If we don’t acquire someplace for commercial fishermen, commercial fishing is going to be a thing of the past.”
That would be tragic.