By Sandy Semans Ross | Outer Banks Voice on September 20, 2018
The commercial fishing and charter boat communities in the north east part of the state are answering the call for help from hard-hit communities south of Dare, particularly Down East Carteret County.
On the weekend, some who tried to get into the area with their trailered boats made it as far as New Bern, where they were put to work making water rescues. Others took in heavy equipment to help clean up and clear roads.
Tuesday, led by Hatteras Island fisherman Paul Rosell, a group made the long trek to Davis in Down East Carteret County. They delivered supplies and took along equipment to help secure homes.
On Wednesday, Britton Shackleford, commercial fisherman, charter boat operator and Wicked Tuna Outer Banks personality, put out a call for others to join him to go Carteret County that day to clear trees around the homes of Capt. Sonny Davis and his family members. Davis is a member of North Carolina United Watermen. \\
More efforts are being planned and drop-off locations have been established from Elizabeth City to Hatteras Island. Please DON’T send clothes — the hard-hit areas aren’t staffed to hand them out and available space needs to be used for food and other supplies.
One of the most important needs to fill are plastic totes with lids so that victims have something secure to store what they can salvage. Flooded homes have to be emptied before any kind of clean-out can begin and they need and want to save what they can.
Commercial fisherman and ferry employee Dustin Wilkins has set up drop-off locations from Wanchese to Elizabeth City. He will pick up the items and take to Down East on Saturday.
Due to the many multiple efforts underway, we can’t include all the drop-off locations, but they are being widely circulated on Facebook.
If planning on making a monetary donation, the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum on Harkers Island has set up a relief fund to spend in the communities in eastern part of Carteret County; the Salvation Army has always responded quickly and appropriately to disasters in North Carolina; and The Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men (CHUMM) are planning for a Hurricane Florence Relief effort which will be conducted off of Hatteras Island.
CHUMM Team members/leaders are trained, certified and experienced assisting after hurricanes, floods and tornados.
To help sponsor one of the teams, mail a check to CHUMM, PO Box 1591, Buxton 27920. It’s important to designate “Hurricane Florence” or “Administrative Funds” on the Memo line. Without the designation, CHUMM may only use the donation on Hatteras Island.
Cold storage available
Wanchese Fish has offered freezer space in Suffolk for those needing to save their frozen inventory. Evans Seafood also is offering to store frozen items at its facility in Washington.
Economic damage estimated needed
The North Carolina Fisheries Association needs hurricane damage estimates for the commercial fishing sector of the state.
Estimates of damages to fish houses, boats, lost gear, homes, vehicles or anything else connected to commercial fishing are needed when asking for help from various levels of government.
Because of damages sustained to areas where NCFA employees live, all information is requested to be sent to Jerry Shill at 252-361-3015 or email to email@example.com.
Lost income is not needed at this point.
Hurricane Florence has prompted cancellations of all Marine Fisheries Commission meetings this week, including:
Sept. 20 public hearing in Wilmington on William S. Burrell and Salty Roots, LLC proposed shellfish leases in Myrtle Grove Sound; and Sept. 26 public hearing in Wilmington on Michael Connolly proposed shellfish lease in Myrtle Grove Sound.
DMF office openings
Division of Marine Fisheries office in Morehead City and Wilmington are closed. Morehead City is closed through Wednesday; Wilmington to be determined. Conditions at the Washington office are being assessed and it may reopen tomorrow if possible.
Offices are open Elizabeth City and Manteo.
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