on Jan 17, 2014 04:20 PM • Views 2397
Media Contact: Kate Pipkin

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 17, 2014) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission has proposed two changes to no-wake zones located in Pamlico and Pitt counties. The proposed changes, which would remove no-wake zones in sections of the Intracoastal Waterway in Pamlico County and the Tar River in Pitt County, will be presented for public comment at the beginning of the Jan. 22 public hearing in New Bern.

The Wildlife Commission made the proposal to remove a no-wake zone in the Intracoastal Waterway because the current no-wake zone is not marked with buoys and is not enforceable. No-wake zones in the Intracoastal Waterway must have approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has determined a no-wake zone is not needed in that location.

The Wildlife Commission also has proposed to remove a no-wake zone in a section of the Tar River in Pitt County near Seine Beach and the Grimesland bridge. This no-wake zone was established originally to address safety concerns at a nearby public access area and campground. The Commission determined the no-wake zone in that area is no longer needed because both the public access area and the campground have closed.

Public hearings begin at 7 p.m. The Wildlife Resources Commission also has scheduled a staff presentation 30 minutes before each hearing to discuss statewide black bear management objectives. Presentation and discussion of the no-wake zone proposals will begin during the 7 p.m. public hearing.

The Wildlife Commission will host the Jan. 22 public hearing in New Bern at the Craven County Courthouse located at 302 Broad St. For more information or to comment on the proposed changes to the no-wake zones, visit http://www.ncwildlife.org/ProposedRegulations.aspx.