F/V Emily's Weigh
Beaufort, NCUnited States
Captains Jack Cox and David Tucker share fishing duties on Emily’s Weigh – and then share fish with restaurants and the public from their Blue Ocean Market, a small retail fish house in Morehead City. Jack’s passion for coastal living emerged at age six when his grandfather introduced him to King Mackerel fishing and drifting for snapper and grouper. At 13, he became a certified diver, and the experience of exploring ocean reefs and shipwrecks inspired Jack to consider a marine-oriented career. In 1981 Jack earned his captain’s license and began honing his fishing skills on both charter and commercial boats. He was fortunate to pay for his college education with the revenue he earned harvesting primarily snapper and grouper. Captain David has been commercial fishing for over ten years. His love for fishing goes back to his youth – growing up visiting the North Carolina coast and fishing with his father. Currently, David fishes primarily for grouper. David takes day trips and fishes with a rod and reel. This allows him to harvest and provide extremely fresh seafood both locally and nationally. David graduated from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and is huge Carolina fan.
In 1996, Jack started own seafood wholesale business, selling most of his fish to Bistro-by-the-Sea restaurant. Jack, David and one other friend then launched Blue Ocean Market in 2006 to expand their wholesale business to other restaurants and offer local seafood to the public. Jack says he has been “blessed to have a job I love that allows me to make a good living,” but he harbors strong concerns about the future of commercial fishing. Jack has become more involved in fisheries management issues, trying to strike a balance between environmental stewardship and rising consumer demand for local seafood.