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Fishing Gear Recovery Effort Seeks Applicants

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is accepting applications from North Carolina-based commercial fishermen for its annual Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project.

This crab pot and tangled net were retrieved attached together, a mess of marine debris. Photo: staff

This crab pot and tangled net were retrieved attached together, a mess of marine debris. Photo: staff

Applicants must have a valid Standard Commercial Fishing License and must be able available between Jan. 18 through Feb. 7, 2017. Selected watermen will be required to attend a training session.

The watermen will help the federation and the North Carolina Marine Patrol remove lost fishing gear from coastal waters between Jan. 15 to Feb. 7. The 2017 project will work within all three Marine Patrol districts across the state’s coast. Compensation will be $400 per boat, per day.

The project is intended to improve water quality and support coastal economies. During Jan. 2016 program, 11 crews removed 7.5 tons of marine debris, including 753 crab pots, from the waters of Northeastern N.C.  Funding comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Marine Debris Program.

The application deadline is Jan. 13, 2017.

To Learn More

Download the application at www.nccoast.org/crab. Completed applications can be mailed to P.O. Box 276, Wanchese, NC 27981 or faxed to 252-473-2402. For more information, contact Ladd Bayliss at 252-473-1607 or laddb@nccoast.org.

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The story was compiled by staff members of Coastal Review Online.