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Effort to collect errant crab pots underway in ENC sounds

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(Photo: North Carolina Coastal Federation)
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This month, with the help of dozens of commercial fishermen and women, the North Carolina Coastal Federation will be working to find and remove potentially dangerous lost fishing gear.

This month, with the help of dozens of commercial fishermen and women, the North Carolina Coastal Federation will be working to find and remove potentially dangerous lost fishing gear.

Every year, crab pots and other fishing gear are lost in ENC sounds in a variety of ways, and they can get hung up or drift into channels, creating hazards to boaters, wildlife, and other fishermen.

Commercial fishermen and women are hired to collect the pots during the annual closure of internal coastal waters to all crab, eel, fish, and shrimp pots, January 1-31 north of the Highway 58 bridge to Emerald Isle.

Once the pots are collected, they are recycled. Crab pots that are recovered from the Albemarle and Pamlico Sound region will be available for the rightful owners to reclaim after the cleanup is complete.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.