Dare County leaders reviving Working Watermen Commission

By on October 4, 2018

A group focused on guiding Dare County leaders about issues surrounding the fishing industry is being revived after laying dormant for almost six years, and will hold its first meeting next week.

The Dare County Commission for Working Watermen was originally formed in May of 2008, but held it’s last meeting in December 2012, according to District 3 County Commissioner Steve House who has been chosen to spearhead the panel.

“Many of its members over the years spun off to Outer Banks Catch, N.C. Watermen United and others,” House said.

The commission is designed to monitor and advise the Dare County Board of Commissioners regarding pending and proposed laws, rules, regulations, fisheries management plans and coastal habitat plans.

“The original members consisted of a charter fishermen, an ocean-drop netter, a trawler, a gill netter, a crabber, a net fishermen, and a Dare County Commissioner,” House said.


A fish house or dealer representative will now be included in the new group, which has sat idle for so long that commissioners also approved wiping the slate clean of previous appointees so as to be able start over with a new perspective.

House sees the commission as an opportunity for younger fishermen to have a voice and take a role in advocating for the industry.

“After talking with many interested citizens, I believe it would be important to have this commission filled with new voices from our up-and-coming commercial fishermen,” House said.

“These are the men and women that have dedicated concern in continuing a future that has been either past down to them from generations or have recently decided to embark on this ‘way of life’,” according to House.

The first organizational meeting was to have been held last month, but was delayed by Hurricane Florence to Monday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center.

“We are seeking all interested individuals from our commercial fishing industry to attend, and help reenergize and reorganize this commission,” House said.

For additional information, contact House at 252-216-8985 or steve.house@darenc.com.

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