2022 Comes to a Close

2022 Comes to a Close

Work Wraps up at The North River Wetlands Preserve In November the Coastal Federation along with contractors placed the final two water control structures out at the North River Wetlands Preserve in Carteret County. The completion of this work officially wraps up the restoration of the 6,000-acre property which is
Wins for Marine Debris, Water Quality and So Much More

Wins for Marine Debris, Water Quality and So Much More

Wrightsville Beach Takes A Stand Against Marine Debris Over the past month, our team has continued to see great strides in the fight against marine debris and more specifically unencapsulated polystyrene or unwrapped floating docks. The foam in these docks can be easily broken apart in severe weather and once
Falling in Love with Oysters

Falling in Love with Oysters

Wild Oysters and What to Do with All Those Empty Shells The air is beginning to have that familiar fall chill and with the new season comes the beginning of wild oyster harvest season. As many of you gear up to celebrate Autumn with an oyster roast we want to
A Strong Summer Leads to an Even Stronger Fall

A Strong Summer Leads to an Even Stronger Fall

Public invited to Lake Mattamuskeet Meeting For the first time in more than a year, the public is being asked to attend a meeting about the work taking place to restore Lake Mattamuskeet in Hyde County. The Coastal Federation along with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the N.C. Wildlife
Looking Back at a Busy Summer

Looking Back at a Busy Summer

Reaching New Audiences Through Touch Tank Tuesday The power of all people of diverse backgrounds coming together can make transformational differences in our communities. In a healthy estuarine ecosystem, there is a wide diversity of plants and animals that all play an important role in maintaining that balance. So is
Summer Activities are Heating Up at the Coastal Federation

Summer Activities are Heating Up at the Coastal Federation

Summer Campers build living shoreline in Pamlico County Interest continues to build around living shorelines, as a way to protect and stabilize eroding shorelines and we couldn’t be more excited. The work takes on even more meaning when we get to involve the next generation of coastal advocates. Throughout June
Offshore wind farm at sunset

A Summer Full of Federation Fun Has Begun

Learn about Coastal Ecosystems during Touch Tank Tuesday Don’t miss an opportunity to roll up your sleeves and join in on an excellent learning experience with Touch Tank Tuesday. This event allows visitors of all ages to interact with different plants and animals that are found in the waters around
Heading into Summer Fun on the NC Coast

Heading into Summer Fun on the NC Coast

State of the River Panel On June first, Cape Fear River Watch will be hosting the first-ever ‘State of the River’ forum. During the event, our Coastal Scientist Kerri Allen will be speaking. The forum hopes to provide attendees with an opportunity to hear from area experts about the Cape
Springing into an exciting April with the Coastal Federation

Springing into an exciting April with the Coastal Federation

Executive Director to speak at State of Change discussion Climate change and how the warming globe will affect us is a massive topic and it can be a difficult one to fully understand, that’s why PBS North Carolina, NC Science Festival, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences are
WBOCC Sunset

Hopping into Spring

Spring is on its way! Get your yard ready for “April showers” with tips from Smart Yards. By simply redirecting one downspout, you can steer 12 gallons of rainwater per minute into your yard (and away from pollution). The whole family can get involved. Spring break is the perfect time
A Fantastic February at the Coastal Federation

A Fantastic February at the Coastal Federation

Lost Fishing Gear Recovery The year is just getting started, but things are quickly ramping up here at the Coastal Federation. In January with the help of 24 local fishermen and women, the Federation was able to collect and remove more than 1,000 lost crab pots from our coastal waters.
Review of a Great Year

Review of a Great Year

2021 is ending and as we begin to prepare for the new year ahead, the North Carolina Coastal Federation is also taking this time to reflect on our accomplishments during this year. This year much like 2020 offered many challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose a threat to
The cover of the Action Plan for Nature-Based Stormwater Strategies

Progress with the Nature-Based Stormwater Action Plan

The Action Plan for Nature-Based Stormwater Stategies Across North Carolina, leaders are using nature-based stormwater strategies to take on the persistent challenges of stormwater flooding. To combat this, the North Carolina Coastal Federation released the Action Plan for Nature-Based Stormwater Strategies on March 3rd, 2021. This roadmap, developed alongside The
2021 Pelican Awards & Taste of the Coast

Celebrating the 2021 Pelican Awards

After a year hiatus, the Pelican Awards and Taste of the Coast was back at the Crystal Coast Civic Center on Saturday August 7 in Morehead City to celebrate the 2021 Pelican Award winners. Each of this year’s winner have shown exceptional dedication to coastal stewardship. “Each year this celebratory
Sunset from a skiff used to collect Marine Debris

1 Million Pounds of Marine Debris Removed from NC Coast

Crew members Mike Willis and Joey Huey with debris from Masonboro. Since 2020, over 30 commercial fishermen and women have been working in small crews to remove large scale marine debris created by past Hurricanes from the central and southeast coasts of North Carolina. The N.C. Division of Coastal Management,
The federations removes a derelict vessel from Lockwood Folly River

Hurricane Marine Debris and Derelict Vessels Being Removed from Brunswick County Waters

Brunswick County, N.C. – Working with Brunswick County and state partners, the North Carolina Coastal Federation has been focusing its efforts to tackle large-scale marine debris in the county since mid-February. The project includes crews of commercial fishermen removing debris by hand, and the removal of abandoned and derelict vessels
Artistic representation of coastal microplastics

Highlights from the 2021 Microplastics Forum

Fragments of Plastic Everywhere In the words of the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Assistant Director of Policy, Ana Zivanovic-Nenadovic, “Plastic is everywhere.” We use plastic in almost every facet of modern life--to store food, to make clothing and package products we buy, to name a few. This has created many
Shoreline Plantings Wrap Up Several Large Living Shoreline Projects

Shoreline Plantings Wrap Up Several Large Living Shoreline Projects

OCEAN, NC — This spring, the North Carolina Coastal Federation partnered with Carteret Community College, the Town of Oriental, Carteret County, the Town of Pine Knoll Shores, community volunteers, students and contractors to complete several large-scale living shoreline projects in Carteret and Pamlico counties. Over 100,000 salt marsh and wetland grasses