Coast Guard removes buoys from national seashore

5th Coast Guard District NewsWILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard removed the last of seven navigational aids from the Cape Lookout National Seashore Thursday afternoon.

The buoys broke free from their moorings and washed ashore during heavy weather. Their removal will help preserve the nesting grounds of migratory birds that frequent this area, including the federally-protected Piping Plover.

Removing the buoys required a coordinated effort by the Coast Guard, National Park Service, Federal Wildlife Service and a local contractor over a period of several weeks. Coast Guard units involved in the removal effort included Sector North Carolina, Air Station Elizabeth City, Aids to Navigation Team Fort Macon and the Coast Guard Cutter Elm.

“The removal of these buoys highlights our great teamwork within the Coast Guard and with our federal partners in the Department of the Interior as well as our commitment to the stewardship of our country’s natural resources,” said Capt. Anthony Popiel, the commander of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina. “Cape Lookout National Seashore is a treasure for North Carolina and the American people. We’re glad to be a part of helping to preserve its pristine condition for future generations.”

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