With its alluring oceanfront location and world-class fishing, it’s only natural that millions of people have visited Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head since it reopened in May 2011 as part of the N.C. Aquariums.
During those past three years, an estimated 2.8 million visitors have visited the facility’s 1,000-foot long fishing pier, pier house, gift shop and pristine public beaches, complete with bathhouse, outdoor showers and parking. And, for the first time, the pier brought in more than $1 million this fiscal year ending June 30.
Attendance records show 958,298 people visited Jennette’s in the last 36 months, with 90,785 paying to fish from this longest public pier in the state. Another 14,560 took part in one or more of the 872 fishing programs taught by the pier’s education staff.
The state’s public schools are also fans of the new, family-friendly educational facility. Some 10,700 students on field trips have participated in classes such as basic fishing, hands-on solar and wind energy experiments, and beach explorations. Students arrive by the bus load, primarily in spring and fall. Many students have never seen the ocean, much less caught a dogfish or skate.
While the Outer Banks have become a destination wedding Mecca, Jennette’s Pier has emerged as a premier wedding venue. Couples exchange vows on the wide open beach alongside the pier and host their reception in the pier’s elegant, second-story Oceanview Hall, with its open deck and panoramic view.
According to Pier Director Mike Remige, the facility’s popularity is perhaps a reflection of the excellent customer experience people enjoy at the pier while fishing, attending a class or program, holding their wedding reception, or just hanging out at the beach.
“The pier offers a unique place for people to socialize in an open environment,” said Remige. “It’s also become a magnet for special events on the beaches. There have been pro surf and volleyball contests, amateur surfing and kayaking events and running races.”
Just in time for a busy, fun-filled summer, the N.C. Aquarium is offering a new Business Membership program that’s great for small business owners, their employees and customers. Starting at $300 per year, Business Members receive premium membership benefits, free admission tickets, discounts for their employees, recognition at the Aquarium and more.
This program is just one part of the Aquarium’s new Living Treasures campaign, designed to expand community partnerships and grow private support. In addition to Business Memberships, the campaign offers donors a variety of options—including a new annual fund, sponsorship opportunities and planned giving. Proceeds from the campaign will help the Aquarium prosper by funding new animals, exhibits, programs and conservation priorities.
For almost thirty years, the private, nonprofit N.C. Aquarium Society has worked alongside the N.C. Aquariums to help fund major renovations and new exhibits at all four Aquarium locations—Roanoke Island, Jennette’s Pier, Fort Fisher and Pine Knoll Shores. Today, they’re highly-rated and popular attractions, with a combined annual visitation of 1.5 million.
Memberships are now available online at www.ncaquariums.com/membership. There you can also read about the Aquarium Society’s top ranking by Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest evaluator of nonprofits. In 2013, the Society was rated the #1 zoo and aquarium nonprofit in the nation.
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Jennette’s Pier has received a Trip Advisory Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on Trip Advisory’s website.
When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm that takes into account reviews ratings to determine the honorees. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, based on volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.
“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Jennette’s Pier,” said Director Mike Remige. “We’d like to thank all our guests who took time to complete a review on TripAdvisor. There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”
“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”
It’s finally that time of year again; bluefish are running in the surf much to the delight of anglers at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head.
Bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) are also known as blues, snappers, choppers and Taylor blues. They make for tasty table fare when fried and eaten on the day they are caught or soon thereafter. Most fishermen agree bluefish don’t freeze well.
Blues are greenish-blue along the back, fading to silver on the sides and belly. They have stout bodies, large mouths and prominent, sharp teeth. Many anglers let them flop on the deck for a minute or two to calm down before removing the hook.
Blues will bite just about anything – cut bait, shrimp, squid, metal lures and various plugs, including the infamous Got-Chas of all colors. Savvy anglers use protective leaders because these choppers can and will bite through your line.
Bluefish grow to 34 inches long and can reach 19 pounds in weight. Citations are given for fish weighing 15 pounds or more. In the past three years since Jennette’s Pier reopened, blues of all sizes have been landed. For more information on bluefish biology and behavior, go to http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/bluefish.
If you’re looking for a hard-fighting fish that also tastes great, visit Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, where fishing is catching.