Temporarily Closing of the Fort Pickens Pier
Contact: Rick Clark, 850-916-3011
Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown has announced that the fishing pier at Fort Pickens will be closed from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2013 for routine maintenance, as well as for the inventory and monitoring of natural resources.During this time, National Park Service divers will be evaluating fisheries, removing invasive species, trash, debris, and fishing line from the pier structure.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 temporary inconvenience, but that is far outweighed by the benefits," he concluded.
For more information on this or other programs, contact the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center at
850-934-2600 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/guis.
Did You Know?
Of the seven species of sea turtles, four species nest at Gulf Islands National Seashore. Sea turtle hatchlings instinctively head for areas of brighter light. Artificial lighting causes thousands of hatchling deaths each year.