Summit discusses the future of North Carolina’s coastal resilience

A crowd of nearly 300 gathered in Havelock on June 11 and 12 for the North Carolina Coastal Resilience Summit. The North Carolina Coastal Federation and North Carolina Division of Coastal Management hosted the event to solicit ideas and potential strategies for inclusion in the North Carolina Resiliency Plan. In October 2018, Governor Roy Cooper…

Living shorelines recommended for effective and lasting shoreline management as storm repairs continue

Hurricane Florence damaged many docks along the coast. The soil behind some bulkheads was also scoured out and many of these hard structures failed. Living shorelines on the other hand weathered the storm, outperforming more traditional shoreline management techniques like bulkheads.   Living shorelines include planted salt marsh grasses and low profile sills or marsh…

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…

Oysters and rural economic development in North Carolina

Recently, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper charged Susi Hamilton, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, with helping lead his administration’s efforts to assist the state’s rural counties. That’s good news for the North Carolina Coastal Federation and its oyster efforts. Hamilton, a former state representative from New Hanover County, has…

Federation receives $1.088 million NOAA grant for oyster restoration

OCEAN — The North Carolina Coastal Federation received $1.088 million in funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to continue its oyster restoration work in Pamlico Sound. Construction on the second phase of the project is slated to begin next January. This is the second year the federation has received funding from NOAA’s Community-based Restoration…

Construction begins at Swan Island Oyster Sanctuary

CARTERET COUNTY — Crews have started moving about 25,000 tons of limestone marl as construction is underway on the Swan Island Oyster Sanctuary. “After months of planning and preparation by our staff, as well as by the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries and other partners, it’s great to see Stevens Towing breaking ground on the…

The “Napa Valley” of oysters and the “Silicon Valley” of aquaculture

A two-day summit held in Raleigh last week brought together appointed and elected officials, business leaders, scientists, academics, economic developers, tourism leaders and shellfish growers from North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland to discuss and plan for North Carolina’s opportunities for economic development through oyster aquaculture and coastal environmental restoration. The summit, titled Sound Economic Development:…