Sharing family history ranks right alongside breaking bread with friends on the Favorite Things to Do list in Outer Banks’ historical fishing communities.

George Huss, a grad student at East Carolina University, is doing historical and archaeological research into the history of the porpoise/dolphin fishing industry. He is interested in both stories and relics such as trypots (large, cast iron cooking pots used to boil porpoise oil), seine nets, blunt steel hooks (short hooks to pull the porpoise), mincing knives, and other objects used in fishing.

Anyone who is or knows of a descendant of North Carolina’s porpoise fishery families, please contact him at (email) or 252.214.2281 (cell phone). George is in the Maritime Studies Program at East Carolina University and is working on his thesis.