By Brent Fulcher
December 11, 2018
The commercial fishing business is just like any other business in one way. Whether you’re a fisherman, a seafood packer, dealer, trucker or retail market, you have plenty to think about 365 days a year. Many times, our thoughts are on the negative aspects or the problems associated with how we provide for our families. Right now it’s hard to get the weather out of our heads, recent hurricanes in particular or just the weather in general.
Having a positive attitude is a good thing any time, but this time of year, most important as we think of family and friends and the holiday season. Thinking positively helps maintain our mental health while offering a ray of hope for all of those around us, including family, friends, and our customers. We don’t have to work very hard to come up with reasons for giving thanks. The storms wreaked havoc on the coast for sure but the vast majority of us can be thankful that our losses are only monetary or inconvenience.
For those that are still going through some very tough times economically, we can be grateful to the Governor, the staffs of DEQ and DMF and the General Assembly for passing a relief package that totals $11.6 million for commercial fishermen. When you’re giving thanks, be sure to add your friends and neighbors all over this great state, as those funds are made possible by all of our citizens.
We also can be thankful for the last couple of rounds of appointments to the Marine Fisheries Commission. We’re not quite where we need to be, but we’re certainly headed in the right direction.
The North Carolina Fisheries Association is most grateful to all of you who provide financial and/or moral support. NCFA is also helping fishing families that may be having difficult times through our Maritime Angels project during this Christmas season.
On behalf of our Board of Directors and Staff, I would like to offer our thanks to you and your family and our wish for a very Merry Christmas and Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Give thanks! Christmas may be only a day to some, but for us it’s a season!
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