RALEIGH -- The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources has announced the closure of all three state aquariums, several coastal state parks, the Division of Marine Fisheries office in Morehead City and the regional office in Wilmington in preparation for Hurricane Bonnie.

The three aquariums _ at Pine Knoll Shores, Fort Fisher and Roanoke Island _ closed earlier today. All three aquariums were closed in accordance with local emergency management orders. Each facility has a generator to operate aquariums and other life-support equipment for the animals they house. For more information on the aquariums, please call Lisa Schell at (919) 733-2290.

The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation has closed the following facilities: Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head; Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach; Hammocks Beach State Park near Swansboro, and Carolina Beach State Park and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area in New Hanover County. Inland parks, such as Merchants Millpond in Gates County, Pettigrew State Park in Creswell, Cliffs of the Neuse State Park in Goldsboro and Goose Creek State Park in Washington, are not allowing camping this evening. All potential visitors are urged to monitor hurricane forecasts and any damage reports before planning a trip to the parks. For additional information, please contact Tom Wells, State Parks Superintendent, at (919) 946-9991.

The Division of Marine Fisheries’ offices in Morehead City were closed earlier today and the agencies’ boats and motor vehicles were moved to higher ground to prevent hurricane damage. Citizens with concerns or questions about marine fisheries issues should contact the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ main number at (919) 733-4984.

The regional office in Wilmington provides office space for field inspectors in the divisions of Water Quality, Waste Management, Air Quality and Land Resources. Citizens served by these regional offices should contact the following numbers with concerns or issues:
  • Division of Water Quality (spills and fish kills), (919) 733-7015;
  • Division of Land Resources (dams and sedimentation/erosion), (919) 733-3833;
  • Division of Waste Management (solid or hazardous waste), (919) 733-4996, and
  • Division of Air Quality (air pollution), (919) 733-3340.

  • The facilities will be reopened when weather conditions allow and after any storm-related damage at the locations has been properly addressed.

    Emergency calls should be made to the state’s Emergency Operations Center at 1-800-858-0368.

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    Date Posted: August 26

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