Several Pine Knoll Shores Beaches Ban Shorefishing
Following eight shark attacks this summer, another seaside town is enacting fishing restrictions. Jared Brumbaugh has more.
Effective today, Pine Knoll Shores is banning all fishing at ten heavily used beach access location. Town Manager Brian Kramer says the plan designates a 200 yard area at each site for swimming only. He says anglers will have to move to the right or left of these restricted areas in order to fish.
"Most fishermen we think do that already out of courtesy, but we don't want to have bait in the water while folks are swimming."
Kramer says private homeowner associations in Pine Knoll Shores requested the swimming-only areas.
"It's a public safety issue and in light of what's happening this year, we thought it was the right move."
Last week, Emerald Isle prohibited shark fishing and chumming within town limits until September 15th. Atlantic Beach and Indian Beach aren't considering implementing fishing restriction yet. I'm Jared Brumbaugh.