Dewey Hemilright

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North Carolina, Appointed Obligatory Member (3rd Term, Exp. 2020)

Dewey Hemilright is the owner/operator of the 42-ft. FV TARBABY with his homeport in Wanchese, NC. He has been commercial fishing for 24 years off the east coast, ranging from New York to Florida and has a wide range of fisheries experience. He has served on advisory panels for Highly Migratory Species (National Marine Fisheries Service), Dolphin-Wahoo (South Atlantic Fishery Management Council) and as chairman of the N.C. Spiny Dogfish Compliance Advisory Panel. Mr. Hemilright holds permits and fishes for tuna, swordfish, dolphin-wahoo, bluefish, spiny dogfish, smooth dogfish, croakers, blueline tilefish, golden tilefish and large costal sharks. 

He has been active in an outreach program for K- 12 students across the country for the past seven years through Provider Pals. His presentation showcases an array of photos from his years on the water, and summarizes a day in the life of a commercial fisherman, encouraging students to consider the logistics and challenges that are involved with operating a fishing vessel for a living. Mr. Hemilright has recently expanded his outreach program by partnering with the N.C. Coastal Federation, sharing his lesson with over 400 middle school students living on the coast of North Carolina.


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