Pine Knoll Shores to vote on swim-only spots; town will not implement shark fishing ban

PINE KNOLL SHORES, N.C. (WNCT) — Pine Knoll Shores Town Manager Brian Kramer says the town plans to designate swimming-only locations to help keep visitors safe after eight shark attacks in North Carolina this summer. He says the board plans to vote on the ordinance at a Monday night meeting.

The ordinance establishes 10 designated beach accesses where fishing will be prohibited and marked for swimmers-only. Kramer says under the North Carolina Sea Grant, people are encouraged not to swim near fisherman. The swimming-only locations will be in effect when the signs mark the areas, which will likely be removed when the fall fishing season begins. The 10 locations span the 4 miles of coastline within the Pine Knoll Shores township. Kramer says the town does not plan to ban shark fishing in other locations along the shoreline.

Commissioners will finalize these plans next week. This meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 13 at Pine Knoll Shores Town Hall at 6 p.m. Kramer says the move has support from many businesses along the designated areas.

This comes after another Crystal Coast town, Emerald Isle, banned shark fishing on Tuesday. That ban there remains in place until September 15.

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