Happy New Year to everyone! Join us in making resolutions to be better stewards of our oceans and the bounty they provide.

It’s up to all anglers to turn the tide of over-fishing. Know all your size and bag limits, and turn the small ones back quickly.

Even if it’s a keeper, you can still practice catch and release so that the exceptional fishing at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head carries on for future generations.

And just because you’re allowed to keep a certain amount doesn’t mean you must. Take only what you need, snap photos of the rest and set them free for the future pleasure of others.

Are you a newcomer to ocean fishing? Mark the calendar to learn the basics of Ethical Angling by attending a Family Fishing class, which is offered Mondays-Fridays every week of the summer. Watch your children feel the thrill of a fish bite in this introductory course taught by our seasoned educators who make it fun and unforgettable.

If you’re not into fishing, you can still do your part by helping eliminate plastic ocean debris. Dispose of all trash and recycling in the proper receptacles and make picking up litter part of your daily routine at the beach and around your school or neighborhood.

Together, we can lead the charge in making the environment clean and green, which in turn, keeps our oceans healthy for our favorite fish, birds and marine mammals.

Just the other day, humpback whales made their way past the end of Jennette’s Pier and later, an ocean sunfish or Mola mola was spotted. They are the largest bony fish in the sea and can grow to 900 pounds.

Visitors to Jennette’s that afternoon were thrilled to see such majestic animals of the sea. For your chance to see such animals this winter, just stop the pier, which is located at milepost 16.5 on the oceanfront near Whalebone Junction.

For more, call 252-255-1501 or visit jennettespier.net.

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