Help Save Fishing Access at Cape Hatteras
Send a message supporting legislation that will restore reasonable and responsible fishing access at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreation Area, located along the Outer Banks in North Carolina, is one of the premier surf fishing locations in the United States. Your help is needed to restore fishing access to this seashore that has been greatly restricted by unwarranted access closures .
Off-road vehicle (ORV) access to the park is essential for surf fishing from the beaches, as well as many other recreational activities. However, the National Park Service recently approved an ORV management plan that closes extensive areas of the seashore to the public and severely limits public access, far outweighing what is needed to address resource protection.
The final ORV plan, which went into effect on February 15, 2012, has caused devastating impacts on the local economy, which is largely dependent on tourism and recreation. This plan is a dangerous precedent that could set the stage for public access restrictions on federal lands across the country!
In early 2013, Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and Representative Walter Jones (R-N.C.) introduced legislation (S. 486 and H.R. 819) that would restore reasonable ORV and pedestrian access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area while providing appropriate shorebird and resource protection.
Please do your part to reverse this dangerous precedent and support your fellow anglers who fish Cape Hatteras and by sending a message to your Congressional delegation in support of S. 486 and H.R. 819 today !
Fill out the form below to send a message to your Senators to help bring recreation back to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreation Area.