Ocracoke Working Watermen's Association
Ocracoke Working Watermen's Association
OWWA logo:
An old-style Ocracoke
shrimp boat coming in.

Education - Exhibits, special events, printed materials and specially focused group talks

The primary mission of OWWA is education. Ocracoke watermen believe it is important to teach about tradtional fishing methods, restoration efforts, role in the community and heritage.

Sample topics:

  • How the fish house was saved
  • Responsible fishing in the natural environment
  • Challenges facing fishermen
  • Traditional fishing methods used
  • Ocracoke's maritime history
  • Importance within the community--culturally, economically and environmentally
  • Current research and restoration projects
  • Interaction with wildlife

Email info@ocracokewatermen.org for more information

If you are coming to Ocracoke, the Ocracoke Working Watermen's Exhibit is located in the former Will Willis Store and Fish House, a National Resgister historic property, on the docks at the Community Square. The exhibit displays information on history, traditional fishing methods, research and restoration projects, video presentations and current news and events.

Scroll through our education archives for examples: corporate meetings, student tours, seminars, festivals and more.


Dancey Howes School Project   School Projects
In February of 2007, Dancey Howes, an 8th Grader from French Creek West Virginia asked us to help her with her social studies project. Dancey wanted information on why it was important to save the fish house. We emailed information and photos back and forth to Dancey. She won her school fair and later went on to win the County fair and on to the state finals where she placed third.

Museum of History Family Day   Exhibits
OWWA was asked to participate in family Day at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh. The topic was crabs and pound nets. The display was geared for children – with items they can touch. OWWA also gave a short talk on the watermen of Ocracoke.

The Museum of History paid for travel expenses.