Cape Lookout

The population of large sharks have dropped significantly since the 1980s, posing a serious concern for fisheries and ecosystem management.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak to Coastal Scientist Dr. Joel Fodrie about his award winning research and the impact the decline of large sharks is having off the coast of North Carolina.  

The Cape Lookout National Seashore will extend the comment period for their Off-Road Vehicle Plan by 45 days. Jared Brumbaugh has more.

Superintendent of Cape Lookout National Seashore Pat Kenney says they received a request asking for an extension due to the impacts of Hurricane Arthur.

“We looked at the rationale that they provided in that latter and they requested the extension be granted because the hurricane came through in July and disrupted people’s lives.”

In less than a month, Cape Lookout National Seashore is expected to announce the winning bid for a contract to be the sole operator for passenger ferry service to the park.  We explore the ramifications of that plan and talk to the Park Superintendent about how the new ferry service would be implemented. 

Sequestration imposed a 5 percent budget cut on all National Park Service facilities. That has resulted in a reduction of $123,417 to Cape Lookout National Seashore’s budget of nearly two-and-a-half million dollars. Because of the cut visitors will see some changes in Seashore operations. The Harkers Island Visitor Center will close on weekends beginning this Sunday with all Ranger-led interpretive programs at Harkers Island and the Cape Lookout lighthouse discontinued.

Cape Lookout National Seashore is considering ways to facilitate passenger ferry service from Harkers Island to Shackleford Banks, and the lighthouse.