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Fighting For Local Seafood

The United States controls more ocean than any other country in the world, but more than 85 percent of the seafood Americans eat is imported.

Award-winning author Paul Greenberg calls this “the great American fish swap.” His latest book, “American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood” (Penguin Books/2014) uses shrimp, salmon and oyster as case studies for what he calls the “unraveling of America’s seafood economy.” The fishing industry in North Carolina is one part of this greater seafood economy and faces a number of unique environmental and economic challenges.

Host Frank Stasio is joined by Greenberg and a panel of North Carolina experts to discuss the industry: Barbara Garrity-Blake is a cultural anthropologist who documents coastal folk traditions; Eddie Willis is a fourth-generation fisherman and the founder of Core Sound Seafood, a community supported fishery; and John Day is the vice president of NC Catch, an organization that supports initiatives to educate the public about local seafood. They speak Saturday as part of the “Farm To Fork” events that supports The Center for Environmental Farming Systems.

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.