New WRAL Documentary: Fish Farms

New WRAL Documentary explores thriving, yet little-known North Carolina aquaculture industry.
Premieres on WRAL-TV, Wednesday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m.

WRAL Documentary: Fish FarmsCaviar and crawfish from the Carolinas–who knew? WRAL’s latest documentary, Fish Farms, explores one of North Carolina’s best kept secrets. Aquaculture, or the farming of fish and seafood, is a thriving industry that brings over $60 million in revenue to the state each year​. The documentary, hosted by WRAL News Anchor Debra Morgan, premieres Wednesday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m.

“It’s a stealth industry that most people don’t even know is there,” Rob Mayo, president of Carolina Classics Catfish said, even though the first commercial fish farm in the state opened in 1948.

These days, from the mountains to the coast, North Carolina farmers are raising rainbow trout, oysters, catfish, bass, crawfish and even sturgeon, for caviar that’s shipped all over the world. With exclusive access and behind the scenes footage, Fish Farms takes viewers inside our state’s aquaculture, exploring its origins, the growth of the industry, why traditional farmers made the switch and how the process actually works. It’s a fascinating look into a huge industry most people don’t know is happening in their back yards.

Fish Farms is presented by the North Carolina Farm Bureau.

When and How to Watch:


  • Premieres on WRAL-TV in Raleigh and WILM-TV in Wilmington, Wednesday July 14 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Rebroadcast on WRAZ FOX50, Saturday, July 17 at 4:30 p.m.


Available for on-demand viewing on, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV and YouTube beginning Wednesday July 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Social Media
Follow Fish Farms on social media using #wraldoc

WRAL Documentary is one of the only dedicated documentary units in local TV. Its mission is to provide in-depth coverage of topics and issues relevant to North Carolinians.

WRAL Documentary: Fish Farms

Thanks to WRAL-TV for this Capcom story & for these Capcom graphics.

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