North Carolina’s long shoreline is washed by warm Atlantic waters that abound in fish. The area is high in shrimp production, and shrimp boats operate from many fishing ports. The most valuable shellfish catch is blue crabs. Other shellfish harvested include sea and bay scallops and oysters. By far the major part of the catch by weight, however, consists of finfish that are found in great variety. Food fish taken commercially include flounder, Atlantic menhaden (used in industrial processes), sea trout, tuna, grouper, shark, and Atlantic croaker. In 2007 the value of the fish catch was $82.3 million.
North Carolina is one of the leading states in lumber production. All areas of North Carolina produce lumber. The pine is by far the leading lumber tree. Many medium-sized sawmills and a few large ones operate on a permanent basis, turning out finished lumber for construction and other uses. However, much of the state’s lumber is rough sawn by the hundreds of small portable mills that operate in the midst of the woods. The mills spend only a few weeks in one place. Pine is also the leading wood cut for the state’s paper and pulp industry. Gums, soft maples, poplars, and some oaks are also cut for pulp. Tree growth is rapid in North Carolina’s mild rainy climate. Also, the forest area continues to expand with the abandonment of farmland. "North Carolina" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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