RALEIGH, N.C. (May 20, 2021) – National Safe Boating Week is May 22 – 28 and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is urging the public to make safety a top priority when on the water. The Wildlife Commission reported a 13% increase in vessel registration between May and December 2020 and has seen a 10% increase in vessel registrations in the first four months of 2021. The surge in registrations will likely result in more boats on the water this year.
“We’ve seen an increase in activity at our boat access areas since COVID restrictions were issued last year,” stated Captain Brandon Jones of the Wildlife Commission. “People are choosing to recreate outdoors and that means our state’s waterways are likely to be more crowded.”
With COVID restrictions now lifting, there is a strong desire to travel and spend time with friends and family on the water as warmer weather approaches.
New and novice boaters are asked to take the following precautions:
Following these tips can help ensure that you and your friends and family remain safe on the water. Boaters can help keep our water systems safe too by eliminating the spread of aquatic nuisance species. Protect our waters by following these basic steps:
For more information about boating laws and safety, visit ncwildlife.org/boating/laws-safety.