High fuel prices keep NC fishing boats at the dock

High fuel prices have accomplished what rough weather and cheap imported seafood never could -- keeping Sheldon Daniels' trawler fleet at the dock.

"I normally would have been shrimping for a month, but I can't catch enough to pay for the fuel," Daniels, owner of William Smith Seafood in Beaufort, said last week. "I haven't gone at all."

The soaring prices are crimping North Carolina's $82 million commercial fishing industry. Unlike recreational fishing captains, who can pass on a fuel surcharge to clients, many commercial fishermen are being squeezed by low dockside prices for catches and mounting fuel bills.

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