Pat McCrory, Governor
Donald R. van der Vaart, Secretary
N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Contact: Patricia Smith
Fishermen asked to track storm
MOREHEAD CITY – With Tropical Storm Erika brewing in the Atlantic, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is asking fishermen to track its forecast.
In the event the storm is predicted to impact coastal North Carolina, fishermen should to be prepared to remove fishing gear from the water well ahead of the storm’s arrival. Crab pots and gill nets, especially, are prone to damage and displacement during storms.
Additionally, vessel owners should check their safety equipment to ensure all is in working order and be prepared to remove their boats from the water or take them to safe harbor. Fishermen should monitor a NOAA Weather radio for storm updates and channel 16 on their marine radios for the latest U.S. Coast Guard emergency broadcasts.
Information about other hurricane preparations, as well as a free mobile app, can be found on the state Division of Emergency Management’s website at www.ReadyNC.org.
Public Information Officer
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
3441 Arendell St.
Morehead City, N.C. 28557
(252) 808-8025 (Office)
(252) 342-0642 (Mobile)
Email correspondence to and from this address is subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties unless the content is exempt by statute or other regulation.
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