Groups sue feds to stop seismic airgun blasting in Atlantic Ocean

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Leading environmental groups sued the federal government today to prevent seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean. This extremely loud and dangerous process, which is used to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean’s surface, is the first step toward offshore drilling. If allowed, seismic airgun blasting would harm marine life,…

Chemours signs consent order with state to study and reduce GenX contamination

Since news broke in June 2017 that GenX had been detected in the drinking water system of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and the Cape Fear River, the North Carolina Coastal Federation has worked to provide leadership to affected communities and decision-makers. GenX is an industrial compound associated with adverse human health and ecological…

Federation awarded $1.1M to help North Carolina coastal counties

OCEAN – On Thursday, Nov. 8, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and partners awarded a $1.1 million grant to the federation for the ‘Living Shorelines for North Carolina Coastal Communities’ project that will benefit communities in Carteret and Pamlico counties. Federation Coastal Scientist Dr. Lexia Weaver will lead the two large-scale living shoreline projects. For…

NOAA Marine Debris program

Help Wanted: Commercial watermen and women needed to remove lost crab pots

WANCHESE — The North Carolina Coastal Federation is currently accepting applications from commercial watermen to be hired to assist in its annual on-the-water Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project. The application period for these jobs is now open for any fisherman with a valid Standard Commercial Fishing License (SCFL) in North Carolina. Watermen are selected to…

Don’t burn pressure treated wood

OCEAN – Hurricane Florence’s big storm surge destroyed many docks, walkways and bulkheads along our coast. “There are large, mangled piles of chemically preserved lumber and poles from docks and bulkheads washed up all along our shorelines,” said Todd Miller, executive director of the North Carolina Coastal Federation. “Now people are asking what they should…

Updated: Federation urges the public to stay out of the water after Florence

OCEAN – Officials with the North Carolina Coastal Federation and the state of North Carolina advise residents and tourists that it’s not yet safe to swim and wade in coastal waters. Massive amounts of polluted runoff are still flowing into coastal waterways all along areas of our coast impacted by heavy rains from Hurricane Florence.…

Swan Island Oyster Sanctuary project wraps up second phase and receives funding for third phase

CARTERET COUNTY – Last week the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Community-based Restoration Program announced it recommended $950,000 for the North Carolina Coastal Federation and partners to continue work on the Swan Island Oyster Sanctuary. With the funding, the federation and its partners plan to expand the 25-acre project to an almost 40-acre project in…