UGLY & WILD: Learning To LOVE N.C. FIsh

Even though your mama said, “there are many fish in the sea,” we often seek out what we already know. Locals Seafood is an inland fish house in Raleigh, North Carolina, that believes love awaits those who are willing to take a chance with the lesser-known, but ultra fresh, bounty caught off their coast. Over the last decade 40% of N.C. fish houses have closed due to increasing demand for imported seafood; which is familiar and cheap, but often frozen and from obscure sources using questionable practices. UGLY & WILD explores how Locals Seafood is creating new connections with venerable coastal fishing families to bring one of the state’s last wild foods to a dinner plate near you. After all, true beauty is fried on the inside. [09:30]

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Director + Camera + Editing | D.L. Anderson
Producer | Mikel Barton, D.L. Anderson
Graphics | Lauren Hunter
Asst. Editor | Michele Lotker
GoPro | Ryan Speckman
Soundtrack | Herbert Boland, Podington Bear, Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou, Quran Karriem, Swizzymack, Tegucigalpan


In 2007 the Center For Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), a North Carolina non-profit, began an ambitious initiative to build a sustainable farm to fork economy by having individuals and institutions pledge to commit 10% of their existing food dollars to support local producers. UGLY & WILD is the third in a series of short profiles created by Vittles and commissioned CEF'S to help increase participation and engagement in the initiative by celebrating those heroes taking on this vital challenge.