With Passage Blocked, Coast Guard Closes Oregon Inlet: Outerbanksvoice.com

     Oregon Inlet is closed to vessels drawing more than 2 feet, essentially shutting down the charter fishing fleet with four days left in the bluefin tuna season and as Easter week approaches. Petty Officer Kathryn Bruner with the Coast Guard in Wilmington said Saturday that the closing was prompted by the latest U.S.Continue reading “With Passage Blocked, Coast Guard Closes Oregon Inlet: Outerbanksvoice.com”

Army Corps suspends dredging of Oregon Inlet

Following strong north winds, Oregon Inlet at Bonner Bridge is too shallow for dredges, forcing crews to stop clearing the channel. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials said Thursday that the Merritt, a side-casting dredge, would not be able to work the troubled channel as planned. Depths at the navigation span under the bridge areContinue reading “Army Corps suspends dredging of Oregon Inlet”

Oregon Inlet, 2011: How we got here

DURHAM — Within the next few years, Oregon Inlet will likely be permanently closed except to the smallest of recreational boats. Trawlers will have to use Hatteras or Ocracoke inlets or perhaps move to Norfolk, Va. In any event, a way of life must change on the Outer Banks and it’s all due to aContinue reading “Oregon Inlet, 2011: How we got here”

1 medivaced from boat that ran aground at Oregon Inlet

One person was medivaced from the charter vessel Carolinian after it ran aground Sunday morning near the Oregon Inlet Bridge. At around 6 a.m. Sunday Coast Guard watchstanders received a call from a a crewmember aboard the Carolinian saying that the vessel had run aground and one person suffered an injury, according to a pressContinue reading “1 medivaced from boat that ran aground at Oregon Inlet”

Bigger dredge to help keep Oregon Inlet open

The Army Corps of Engineers agreed Friday to move a larger dredge to Oregon Inlet to keep the channel open for commercial fishing vessels, Gov. Beverly Perdue said Friday. The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday threatened to declare Oregon Inlet impassable for commercial vessels, and Perdue vowed to take all necessary steps to keep theContinue reading “Bigger dredge to help keep Oregon Inlet open”

State bluefin tuna record shattered – North Carolina Sportsman

  On Saturday (March 12), Corey Shultz of Waverly, Va. hooked into what is expected to become a part of Tar Heel fishing history. The pending record fish that took a straining Shimano 80 wide to the last quarter of the spool and kept Shultz strapped to the fighting chair for about 2 1/2 hours,Continue reading “State bluefin tuna record shattered – North Carolina Sportsman”

Coast Guard considers shutting down Oregon Inlet

  A Coast Guard captain said Friday that he is prepared to close Oregon Inlet to recreational and commercial boat traffic within weeks if sand continues to accumulate in the dynamic waterway faster than dredging can remove it.   The buildup of sand – shoaling – around the Bonner Bridge has increased exponentially, elevating theContinue reading “Coast Guard considers shutting down Oregon Inlet”

More dead fish spotted as ocean trawling resumes

  State officials spotted 251 dead fish off Oregon Inlet and on the beach at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Thursday as the commercial season for striped bass reopened for two days under new rules meant to reduce losses. More fish might be found in the surf and along beaches Friday morning, a spokeswoman forContinue reading “More dead fish spotted as ocean trawling resumes”