State officials say North Carolina oyster season hurt by rain, high water, lack of resources


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WILMINGTON, North Carolina — Watermen and state officials say North Carolina's oyster season hasn't been especially productive, and they blame it on unfavorable tide schedules, rainy weather and a simple lack of resources.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports ( the season opened on Oct. 15 and runs through March 31, though it can close early if population levels decline before then.

Typically, fishermen take to the water on opening day to explore oyster beds regardless of weather. However, high water levels have made it difficult to reach the shellfish.

Technician Joe Facendola with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries says a good low tide is necessary to harvest oysters. He said there hasn't been a really low tide since the season opened, but since it's early in the season, there will probably be more.

Information from: The StarNews,

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