Last year at this time, fishermen on the coast of NC could fill their trawlers up for $2.87 @ gallon and Tuesday it was $4.73 @ gallon and rising. With this increase in fuel cost, they can not justify scouting runs to find fish, crabs, shrimp, etc. Thus they will have to wait until peak times (mid July) for the shrimp and other dates for certain fish. In the Oak Island area it is estimated that 40 to 50 shrimp trawlers are tied up to their docks and have been for several months and this is just one of many docking areas along the NC coast. It has been estimated that those on the northern part of the coast (NC) can no longer afford the 1,500 gallons required to go to the Massachusetts waters to fish for cod, haddock and black bass. The commercial fishermen can not past their extra fuel cost on to the discount houses due to cheaper imports. Fishing guides can and have passed the additional gas expense on to their clients, both on the coast and inland. From Maine to Florida it has been estimated that 25 to 45 percent of the trawlers are not fishing due to the high cost of fuel. It was reported that shrimpers are getting less for their catch than they did ten years ago at the dock. The foregoing information was gleaned from the Charlotte Observer newspaper. Are we about to see an industry disappear due to high fuel prices and imports, maybe!