Gov. Cooper’s proposed budget includes oyster, crab pot investments

The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s efforts to expand investment in the state’s oyster industry are picking up speed in Raleigh. Recently, Gov. Roy Cooper released his proposed budget for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 bienniums. Cooper’s budget includes all of the federation’s priority oyster investments. Those include $1.35 million to rebuild sanctuary oyster beds in the…

Statement on appointment of Rep. Susi Hamilton

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday that he was appointing Rep. Susi Hamilton of Wilmington as secretary of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. He also appointed Reid Wilson, executive director of the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC), as chief deputy secretary. Todd Miller, executive director of the North Carolina Coastal Federation, released a…