Vessel Debris Removal from Outer Banks Waterways
The North Carolina Coastal Federation will remove abandoned and derelict vessels, derelict fishing gear, and other marine debris from the Albemarle-Pamlico estuary and Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Type of Project: Removal
Project Dates: September 2020 - August 2022
Who is involved?
The North Carolina Coastal Federation will partner with Dare County, the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management, and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to remove abandoned and derelict vessels and other marine debris in the Albemarle-Pamlico estuary, much of which resulted from numerous hurricanes that impacted the area in the past decade.
What is the project and why is it important?
Abandoned and derelict vessels (ADVs), along with other marine debris, can be seen along the shorelines of the Albemarle-Pamlico estuary and waterways around the Outer Banks. Much of this debris was left in the wake of numerous hurricanes impacting the area over the past decade.
In an effort to improve this coastal habitat, the North Carolina Coastal Federation is partnering with Dare County, the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management, and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to remove approximately 20 ADVs, lost fishing gear, and other marine debris generated from past hurricanes. After the marine debris is removed, they will monitor recovery of these habitats, as well as create a replicable case study on how to clean up ADVs by combining local, state, and federal resources.
For more information about this project, visit the Marine Debris Program Clearinghouse.