May Legislative Update

The month of May typically marks the home stretch of the North Carolina General Assembly’s long session, so it’s a good time to take stock of the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s 2019 legislative agenda. Here’s a quick rundown: Oysters Earlier this year, the UNC Collaboratory released a strategic plan that included regulatory reforms and new…

Elementary school students build “living shorelines”

The North Carolina Coastal Federation teamed up with fourth grade students from Bogue Sound Elementary School to create living shoreline models demonstrating their value to the coastal environment. Rachel Bisesi, federation coastal education coordinator, worked with students and art teacher Emily Wikoff to kick off the project and teach the eager students about the importance…

Federation hosts Earth Day activities in each region

The North Carolina Coastal Federation hosted a number of Earth Day activities last week in each region. Although the federation celebrates our planet and our coast every day, a little extra celebration occurred during the weeks leading up to and following Earth Day. Northeast Region  The Wanchese office celebrated Earth Day by participating in the…

Federation’s northeast office acts as a stop on Outer Banks’ Taste of the Beach Oyster Tour

On March 30, staff at the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s northeast office educated visiting groups on the importance of oysters in North Carolina’s ecosystem, oyster biology, the federation’s oyster sanctuary work, mariculture advances in the state and more. After the informational session, groups were led to the office’s dock where they were introduced to live…

Program release postponed, but the fight against offshore oil continues

The release of the 2019-2024 Proposed National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program has been postponed indefinitely according to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt. Bernhardt explained in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, published on Apr. 25, 2019, that the agency will await the outcome of the appeals process against the decision from…