When considering North Carolina's occasionally unpredictable sea conditions, reliable information is essential when making the call to head out to sea to dive or fish. Dave Tilley of the website FryingPanTower.com contacted us regarding an effort to raise funds to replace the vital offshore weather buoy locally known as “LEJ 3”.
Shortly thereafter a meeting was held to figure out what was needed to get the buoy replaced. The project required $16000.00 and someone to go find and mark the original anchor and chain that was left in place. Olympus offered to provide the boat, crew, side scan sonar, divers, nitrox and fuel to locate and mark the anchor. By April 19 the money was raised and the following Wednesday the anchor was marked.
We were fortunate that the USCG ELM had a great position for the site of the buoy. Blessed with great sea conditions, a quick sonar pass marked the anchor. Just one short dive by volunteer Diver Gavin Vollmer (Olympus Mate) was all that needed to locate the anchor on the bottom.
This would not have been possible without the effort of Dave Tilley of Fryingpantower.com and Jennifer Dortan of UNCW. With the help of an untold number of concerned divers, fisherman and captains a wind buoy will be set out soon and a wave buoy will be placed on the site later this summer. Thanks to all that contributed. It was a fine example of how all the waterman in the area united to get a simple but much needed job accomplished.
Buoy for a Cause
Submitted by abbey on Mon, 02/16/2015 - 08:25
The Onslow Bay, North Carolina marine community needs your help! January 2015, off the coast of North Carolina, buoy 41036 was decommissioned. UNCW’s Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program (CORMP) is partnering with SECOORA and the area boating and fishing community groups to raise the additional funds needed to deploy a CORMP buoy that will replace 41036. Our goal is to raise $16,000 by May 15, 2015. Please donate today. SECOORA is a 501(c)(3);therefore, your donation is tax deductible. All donations to support the buoy can be made via PayPal or by mailing a check to SECOORA. http://secoora.org/buoy
Attention: Onslow Bay Buoy Fund
PO Box 13856
Charleston, SC 29422