BUXTON, N.C. (AP) — In a story July 29 about a popular spot on Cape Hatteras opening early for fishing that was transmitted by The Associated Press, it was reported erroneously that the early opening was due to nest buffers being smaller, based on information provided by The Virginian-Pilot. The reason is because shorebird nesting had ended. The story also clarifies in the final paragraph that the modification of the buffers was due to a law passed in 2014.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Popular Cape Hatteras fishing spot opens earlier than usual
A popular surf-fishing spot near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is open to fishing and four-wheel drive vehicles earlier than usual this summer
BUXTON, N.C. (AP) — A popular surf-fishing spot near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is open to fishing and four-wheel drive vehicles earlier than usual this summer.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reports (http://bit.ly/2avIfVf) that Cape Point, a 100-acre spit of land near the lighthouse, has opened a month early after shorebirds finished the nesting season there.
The resource management chief for the Outer Banks Group of National Park Service sites says access points to the cape were closed in May and reopened this week.
In the past, access points closed in April and didn’t reopen until late August because of nesting season.
After lobbying from fishing enthusiasts, a law enacted in 2014 required the National Park Service to modify buffers around shorebirds and nests. The previous buffers blocked the shoreline from the dunes to the ocean.