Fort Pickens Fishing Pier Temporarily Closed for Clean-up

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April 17, 2017
Gulf Islands News Release

Release Date:  April 17, 2017

Contacts:        Sherrill Gray, Sherrill_Gray@nps.gov, (850) 934-2605

Fort Pickens Fishing Pier Temporarily Closed for Clean-up

Gulf Breeze, Fla. – Gulf Islands National Seashore officials announced the annual temporary closure of the fishing pier at Fort Pickens, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on  Saturday, April 22, 2017.  During this time, volunteer divers, with 3rd Coast Divers, will be removing trash, debris, and fishing line from the pier structure and area around the pier.  This closure extends 25 yards in any direction from the pier, including the water.

“The Fort Pickens fishing pier is very popular,” Brown said.  “These cleanups are designed to provide a cleaner and healthier environment for both the public on the pier, and the marine life beneath the pier.  We regret the inconvenience caused by this temporary closure, but the annual clean-up is necessary to keep the bay clean,” he concluded.

The fishing pier will reopen at 12:00 pm on Saturday.  The fishing pier is a licensed Florida fishing pier; those fishing from the pier do not require a license.  All state laws and regulations are enforced on the pier, those fishing are limited to two poles or one pole and one cast net per person.  For more information about fishing at Gulf Islands National Seashore, please visit https://www.nps.gov/guis/planyourvisit/fishing.htm.

About Gulf Islands National Seashore: Created in 1971, the national seashore stretches 160 miles along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida and Mississippi, and includes barrier islands, maritime forests, historic forts, bayous, and marine habitat. Visit us at www.nps.gov/guis, on Facebook www.facebook.com/GulfIslandsNPS, Twitter www.twitter.com/GulfIslands_NPS, and Instagram www.Instagram.com/GulfIslandsNPS.

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