The N. C. Coastal Federation is accepting applications from anglers to help rid debris from the coast in winter.
In January 2014, the federation and N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will begin a pilot project to remove abandoned fishing gear from northeastern North Carolina waters.
With a grant from NOAA and North Carolina Sea Grant, commercial watermen will be employed to help N.C. Marine Patrol during the period when wire mesh crab pots are supposed to be out of the water, typically from Jan. 15 to Feb. 7.
The collection will take place from Currituck Sound to Oregon Inlet, including parts of Albemarle Sound. Anglers with local knowledge of these waters will be given preference, according to the federation.
To qualify, fishermen must have filed at least one commercial landing trip ticket with the division’s Trip Ticket Program within the past year. Fishermen will receive $300 per day, and their mates will receive $100 per day. Three days of work are guaranteed with acceptance to the program.
About 12 fishermen will be accepted, and volunteers are also needed.
Applications are due by Oct. 15. Participants will be notified of acceptance by Nov. 1.
For more information and an application, contact Ladd Bayliss at 252-473-1607 or firstname.lastname@example.org.