north carolina marine & estuary foundation

We Think Coastal Access Is Vital. So We’ve Taken Action!

June 27, 2022
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Picture L to R: Cameron Ingram (NCWRC), Monty Crump (NCWRC), Chad Thomas (NCMEF) and Brian McRae (NCWRC) at a partnership meeting solidifying the joint venture.

Partnership with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will benefit boaters, anglers and commercial fishermen.

The North Carolina Marine & Estuary Foundation is partnering with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to maintain key boating access points along the coast. The project will heighten citizens’ and visitors’ experience as they enjoy North Carolina’s greatest natural resource: our coastal waters.

Through the partnership, the Foundation is providing financial support for clean, safe, and convenient access at five of the coast’s largest public boating facilities, including:

  1. Manns Harbor – Croatan Sound, Dare County
  2. Swan Quarter – Pamlico Sound, Hyde County
  3. Beaufort – Taylor’s Creek, Carteret County
  4. Snow’s Cut – Carolina Beach, New Hanover County
  5. Oak Island – Intracoastal Waterway near Southport, Brunswick County

Allen Gant, who chairs the North Carolina Marine Estuary Foundation’s Board of Directors, stated, “We are very excited to launch this historic partnership to help ensure that all users of our coastal resources have clean, quality access to North Carolina fisheries. As we focus on generating thorough research and sound policy solutions to develop world-class fisheries in North Carolina, this partnership to support boating access is in perfect alignment with the mission of our Foundation.”

“There are over 300,000 registered vessels in North Carolina, said Cameron Ingram, executive director of the Wildlife Commission. The Wildlife Commission maintains over 200 free boating access areas to meet the needs of those boat owners,100 of which are strategically scattered along various coastal rivers, sounds, and waterways. This tremendous partnership with the North Carolina Marine & Estuary Foundation will help us continue providing safe and clean access areas in our coastal region for boaters to enjoy.”