Local realtors protect the coast for Realtor Action Day

Thirteen local realtors joined the North Carolina Coastal Federation at Carolina Beach State Park for living shoreline maintenance and a shoreline cleanup on April 4 for Realtor Action Day, a large volunteer event organized by Cape Fear Realtors. They helped straighten oyster bags on a reef that was displaced by Hurricane Matthew last fall. They also…

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:…

College students spend spring break volunteering at the coast

We had such a great time with the students from East Carolina University, Ohio State University and Ithaca College who spent their spring breaks with us! A big thanks goes out to these students who spent their spring break working on coastal restoration and education here in North Carolina. [View the story “College students spend…

Federation, aquarium partner on oyster bagging workday

Last week, on an unseasonably warm February morning, staff and volunteers with the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and with the North Carolina Coastal Federation were hard at work bagging and loading oyster shells at the federation’s headquarters office in Ocean. That Friday morning oyster shell bagging event was the fifth group of the…

Living shorelines needs assessment for Southeast released

On Dec. 15, the Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance released its living shoreline needs assessment that was developed by experts to identify what gaps exist in living shoreline research and practice in the Southeast U.S. The GSAA is a formal collaborative between the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. The alliance received funding from…

New resource gives guidance to those facing costly bulkhead repairs

OCEAN — Storm surge caused by Hurricane Matthew in October caused widespread destruction of bulkheads and other supposedly stabilized shorelines along coastal creeks, river and sounds throughout coastal North Carolina. “Matthew proved that building seawalls and other hard erosion control structures to protect waterfront property provides a false sense of security for waterfront property owners,”…

Federation submits comments on 300-acre park expansion

The North Carolina Coastal Federation sent a comment letter Monday to Sara Burroughs of Sage Design, the Wilmington-based firm leading the planning process for developing the 300-acre addition to the mainland access of Hammocks Beach State Park. Todd Miller, the executive director of the federation and Sam Bland, a coastal specialist with the federation and…

Reef and shoreline assessments show growth, many living organisms

Staff from the Wrightsville Beach office finished the last of three reef monitoring events on Nov. 8. Volunteers came out twice in October and once in November to evaluate the progress of living shorelines built at Morris Landing Clean Water Preserve in Holly Ridge and at Waterway Park in Oak Island. The living shorelines included…

Federation coastal scientist talks living shorelines on radio show

As part of a growing effort to improve habitat and water quality on the coast, the North Carolina Coastal Federation has partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to construct oyster reefs in estuaries throughout North Carolina. The federation has been busy over the past few months constructing an oyster reef at Trinity Center…

Partnership advances living shorelines in the Southeast

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is teaming up with coastal colleagues from Florida, Georgia and South Carolina to advance the use of living shorelines across four Atlantic coast states. The Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance, a formal collaborative between the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, received funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to…