Category Archives: MARITIME

A look back . . . Belhaven’s very first ICW Celebration!

By Deanna F. Swain BELHAVEN — Like their predecessors nearly a century ago, the organizers of this weekend’s Fifth Annual Intracoastal Waterway Celebration (scheduled for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14, from 12:30 until 7:00) are hopeful for the future of their small town. The inaugural affair 89 years ago certainly made a big splash!! These days, we are used to seeing a variety of small-town festivals, each with music, vendors, beauty pageants and military bands. Imagine, though, trying to hold such a festival without the Internet, widespread phone service, or easy transportati…

Shrimping industry fights back

RALEIGH – State Sen. Norm Sanderson and State Sen. Bill Cook have proposed legislation that would forestall – at least temporarily – the implementation of controversial rules designed to drastically curtail shrimp trawling throughout the state. Sanderson and Cook represent districts where economies are heavily dependent upon the annual shrimp harvest. In a recent interview with the Wilmington Star-News, Sanderson said the results of a bycatch reduction study should be thoroughly evaluated before any rule changes take effect. The rule change petition, sought by the N.C. Wild…

Shrimping debate continues

NEW BERN — Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association has invited a speaker on both sides of the controversial issue. Jerry Schill, President of the North Carolina Fisheries Association, will represent commercial fishermen; and, Donald Willis, Vice President of Coastal Conservation Association in North Carolina and President of the Neuse River Chapter will represent recreational fishermen. Each man will present an argument for, or against, the NC Wildlife Federation Petition for Rulemaking to designate all coastal fishing waters not already classified as nursery areas as spe…

‘Travesty of the truth and moral injustice’ says one

Commercial fishing industry urges huge turnout for Jan. 17 meeting By Doug Cross | Pamlico Packing Co. NORTH CAROLINA — Once again the commercial fishermen of this state are faced with proposed measures that would eliminate their ability to make a living and provide for their families. This time it comes in a guise proposed by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation that would make Pamlico Sound, additional internal waters, and the Atlantic Ocean out to three miles a ‘special secondary nursery area.’ This, just coincidentally, is where the shrimping fleet of North Carolina work…

Separate ‘boat washes’ in keeping with town’s long-range vision, say officials

Whittaker Creek Yacht Basin is one of the town’s oldest marinas. Owner Knute Bysheim told the town commissioners Tuesday night that he would do his best to improve the marina’s appearance and maintenance, which has been a concern of neighbors. ORIENTAL – This town, which likes to tout itself as a ‘working waterfront community,’ gave the green light Tuesday night for two unrelated boat washes, although state regulatory hurdles remain for each operation. Both Point Pride Seafood, owned by local seafood magnate Chris Fulcher; and Whittaker Creek Yacht Basin, owned by marina oper…

Creek Keeper launches legislative arm-twisting

Jordon Lake (file photo) By Bill Hines, Creek Keeper NEUSE RIVER – I am asking readers of the County Compass to oppose the state Senate proposals in House Bill 1030 that would block cleanup plans for impaired bodies of water such as Jordan Lake, Falls Lake (headwaters of the Neuse), the Catawba River, and Randleman Reservoir. The premise for the provision – that North Carolina’s nutrient management strategies have not worked and will not work – is false. The strategies have reduced nitrogen and phosphorus pollution input where they have been implemented. The NC Senate has inserted l…

Visit Vandemere soon! You’ll love this spot!

Before In a photo from late summer of 2015, the original boat ramp was not much to look at. After Forget the term ‘ramp.’ The site is now a gleaming ‘Boating Access Area!’ VANDEMERE — The new boat ramp here is beautiful. However, multiple state agencies involved would prefer that you call the completely transformed eight-acre site a Boating Access Area. Better yet, according to Vandemere Mayor Judy Thaanum, Town Manager Tom Woodruff, and a host of the community’s elected officials and regular rank-and-file citizens, an even better moniker is Vandemere Waterfront Park. No matt…

New Boating Access Area Opening in Pamlico County This Week

The original boat ramp was not much to look at in this photo taken during late summer of 2015 before construction began. VANDEMERE — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announces the opening of a new boating access area located at 86 Griffin Road in Vandemere in Pamlico County. The Vandemere Boating Access Area will provide access to Log Pond Creek which connects to the Bay River. The BAA has two 15-foot wide boat ramps, a 60-foot floating dock, a wooden fixed courtesy dock, a bulkheaded and dredged canal and an asphalt parking lot. The parking lot includes 32 spaces for vehicles a…

Marina at River Dunes nets two major boating awards

ORIENTAL — River Dunes has been voted one of the Top Ten Best All-Around Marinas in the world, according to Marinas.com, a top ranked website with over 5.5 million visitors annually. The survey allowed voters to select their favorites from over 16,000 marinas in the categories of Best All-Around, Transient, Home Port, Resort, Family-Oriented, and Boat Service Yards. Other winners ranged from as far as Portugal, the British Virgin Islands and Canada. Deaton’s Yacht Service, located in Oriental, was voted one of the Top Five Boat Service Providers in the Marinas.com survey. Marin…

Underwater memorial planned for long-time Reef Coordinator

Jim Francesconi MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is moving forward with plans to construct an underwater memorial in honor of the division’s former Artificial Reef Coordinator Jim Francesconi. The vessel originally identified for sinking in Francesconi’s name is no longer available. An alternative vessel has been found, and efforts to contract for purchase, cleaning, towing and sinking the ship are underway. The division will oversee sinking of the vessel on the Howard Chapin Reef (AR-330), about 12 miles outside of Beaufort Inlet. The vessel will be sunk…
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