Coast Guard Needs Boaters’ Help Identifying Dredging Needs

NOAA Chart 11545 – Click Image for Interactive Map

The Coast Guard is seeking input from commercial and recreational mariners for an assessment of navigation requirements in the vicinity of Shackleford Banks and Harkers Island.

This Coast Guard Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study focuses on multiple waterways in the area between Beaufort Inlet and Core Sound, depicted on NOAA Chart 11545 (pictured), and listed below:

  • Marshallberg
  • Westmouth Bay
  • Brooks Bay
  • Harkers Island West
  • North River
  • Ward Creek 
  • Harkers Island East 
  • Back Sound
  • Barden Inlet
  • Lookout Bight
  • Lennoxville Point
  • Shackleford Slough
  • Middle Marshes

The WAMS study seeks to improve service delivery for marine safety information, modernize Coast Guard physical aids-to-navigation systems and improve communications with marine transportation system stakeholders.


Earlier this year, the Coast Guard began removing aids to navigation in Barden Inlet due to shoaling.

Individual mariners and interested maritime industry representatives can provide input until Jan. 10, 2020. The stakeholder survey is available in both PDF and Word versions and can be found in the “attachments” box found here.

In addition to stakeholder input, the study will also consider environmental concerns, user capabilities, technology, and available resources. The Coast Guard has no control over dredging in these waterways. However, any information gathered concerning dredging will be provided to the appropriate agencies, according to a Coast Guard news release.

For further questions or to submit the survey, email the Sector North Carolina Waterways Management Division at [email protected].