Date: Oct. 1, 2015
Contact: Patricia Smith
Fishermen asked to prepare for Hurricane Joaquin
MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is asking fishermen to prepare their vessels and fishing gear for Hurricane Joaquin.
As of 8 a.m. Hurricane Joaquin was centered near the Bahamas with sustained winds of 120 mph, a Category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is probable that the storm will impact North Carolina waters in the next few days.
Fishermen should begin to remove their fishing gear from the water well ahead of the storm. Crab pots and gill 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 begin 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.
Information about other hurricane preparations, as well as a free mobile app, can be found on the state Emergency Management website at www.ReadyNC.org.
|N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632