In 2006 a group of about two dozen commercial fishermen joined together to form the Ocracoke Working Watermen's Association (OWWA). One of their primary goals is to save the island's last remaining fish house from permanent closure. Their hard work has been rewarded with wide public support and the return of the fish house to daily operation -- at least for the present. The watermen are now in the process of raising money to purchase the fish house business along with the long-term property lease in order to insure the continuation of their traditional island lifestyle.
You can read more about fishing and the goals of the OWWA in our latest newsletter. There is also information there to tell you how you can make a tax deductible contribution to help keep commercial fishing a viable industry on Ocracoke Island. Click here to learn more.