North Carolina Marine & Estuary Foundation

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

June 27, 2022
think coastal signage

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

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

We have some exciting news: The Think Coastal team is partnering with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to maintain key boating access points along the coast. The project will heighten your experience as you enjoy North Carolina’s greatest resource: our coastal waters.

Through the partnership, we’re providing financial support for clean, safe, and convenient access at five of the coast’s largest public boating facilities. You’ll see our signs highlighting the joint venture at:

  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 N.C. Marine Estuary Foundation’s Board of Directors (the organization behind Think Coastal) said, “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 N.C. Marine and Estuary Foundation will help us to continue to provide safe and clean access areas in our coastal region for boaters to enjoy.”

The North Carolina Marine & Estuary Foundation was established with one critical mission: to build world-class fisheries and thriving coastal economies. Join us in our pursuit to unlock the full potential of our coastal waters and communities for the next generation to experience, explore, and enjoy.