The fishing pier business in North Carolina is booming. For many years there was only one fishing pier in North Carolina at Kure Beach. After Hurricane Hazel the Southeastern North Carolina Beach Association listed eleven, with one in the works. Fishing piers are big business and studies are being done to survey for locations, soundings, tides, and weather, while consulting engineers, owners, contractors, and builders. But there are quite a bit more than those listed by the Association, with piers at Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Atlantic Beach, and Emerald Isle, to name a few. Each pier provides a unique atmosphere for fishing, dining, and scenic views.