Can you help find fishing gear?

A North Carolina Coastal Federation project in January will remove abandoned fishing gear from northeastern North Carolina waters. With funding from NOAA Marine Debris Program, commercial watermen will be employed to help N.C. Marine Patrol during the "no-potting" period, typically from Jan. 15–Feb. 7. This project is intended to improve habitat and water quality, while simultaneously supporting commercial watermen.

The collection likely will take place from the Currituck Sound southward to Oregon Inlet, including parts of the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. Approximately 12 fishermen and a large number of volunteers are needed. Applications are due Oct. 17. To apply, contact Ladd Bayliss at (252) 473-1607 or

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