At one time thirty-six fishing piers jutted out from the state's coastline into the Atlantic Ocean. Now only eighteen remain. Natural disasters claimed some. Others have fallen victim to accelerated development and soaring land costs which have enticed owners to sell their piers for a substantial profit. Fishing piers and the culture they engendered seem to be disappearing forever. Oak Island seeks to keep this tradition alive and provide public access to saltwater fishing through the purchase of the former Yaupon Pier.