As a young boy I grew up in Beaufort , NC. It's always been my home and I have always loved it. Although I am one of those who remember what it meant to grow up here. We started working with fathers commercial fishing as young as 5 or 6. But now times are changing, the industry that once built this county has been under attack for a number of years. It really breaks my heart to see an industry being pushed out for tourism. An industry that is a sustainable industry and has a great economic impact on the county tax base. I have returned to school to obtain my associates degree in aquaculture technology, in hopes that my son, as well as my nephews and cousins sons will have the same chance to learn what we did, and be able to have time for their families as well as provide a life that is better than the one we had. But I can say this, if not for working with my dad, I would not have the work ethic I have today.