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96 WBM august 2015 Tom Franz weighs the fresh catch at Motts. A lso a family-owned business, Seaview Crab Company opened a second Wilmington area store at Marstellar and 16th streets just over a year ago. The pristine fish cases have “Got to be NC Agriculture” signs dotted everywhere throughout the mounds of ice, next to all the fish caught here in North Carolina. Seaview likes to go live along with its fresh-caught fish. In addition to its signature crabs, the company brings in lobsters from Maine every week and a large variety of oysters through-out the year, says Zach Sweeney, the Marstellar location store manager. More unusual fare is the whole live octopus, whelk and sea snails. “We pick up straight from the boat everywhere we go or it’s being dropped off straight from the boat. The only time it’s changing hands is when it comes to salmon,” Sweeney says. Mom and Pop fish stores, Sweeney says, preserve the old fashioned fish-erman- to-consumer relationship while adhering to modern FDA regulations and dealing with infrastructure issues due to coastline diminshment and development. “I am afraid that in my lifetime there will only be three fish left,” Sweeney says, “flounder because there is a lot, and salmon and catfish because they’re farm raised.”


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