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Gauging boat access

NOV. 23 -- North Carolina officials recently launched a survey to assess boating access needs in coastal waters.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission  survey includes a mailing to 3,500 boaters, survey boxes located at kiosk stands throughout eastern North Carolina, 600 questionnaires by phone and interviews at 15 boat launch sites in the next few weekends. Data from the survey, which ends Dec. 15, will help the commission identify the best locations for future boating access areas.

“The Commission recognizes that the rapid rate of change along North Carolina’s coastal shorelines has created a situation that requires immediate action and adaptation,” Gordon Myers, a deputy director for the commission, said in a statement. “Our goal is to identify new partnerships and funding opportunities and use them wisely to address the needs of boaters.”

Through its boating access area program, the commission’s division of engineering services and manages 202 boating access areas that are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.