As the federal government’s partial shutdown rolls into its second week, anglers may find that they will have to change their short-term plans. Along with the many other services that have been put on hiatus of the duration of the shutdown, America’s parks, wildlife refuges, and even the National Fish Hatchery System have been shuttered and reduced to essential staff only. This means delays and closings. While anglers still have free reign at state-run areas, many familiar fishing holes have been closed until further notice. This includes the entirety of the national wildlife refuge system, which contains 271 refuges previously open to anglers.
“There are a number of surf-fishing tournaments coming up soon and we need them badly. But they can’t happen if the beaches are closed,” Captain Marty Brill told The Outer Banks Voice.