MOREHEAD CITY –The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is asking fishermen to begin now preparing for Hurricane Irene.
Long-range forecasts by the National Hurricane Center show Hurricane Irene possibly brushing the coast of North Carolina during the weekend.
Fishermen should remove fishing gear from the water well in advance of the storm’s arrival to avoid damage to their gear, as waters may become too rough to do so later. Crab pots, gill nets and pound nets, especially, are prone to damage and displacement during storms.
Additionally, vessel owners should check their safety equipment to ensure all is in working order and prepare to remove their boats from the water or take them to safe harbor.
Fishermen should monitor NOAA Weather radio for storm updates and channel 16 on their marine radios for U.S. Coast Guard emergency broadcasts.
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