Results and Reflections on the 2021 Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project

WANCHESE, N.C. – The Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project led by the North Carolina Coastal Federation in January, involved 60 commercial watermen and women who worked throughout the northeast and central coasts of North Carolina. Their efforts were focused on collecting lost crab pots as part of a marine debris removal effort to improve habitat, water…

Fishermen collecting crab pots

Annual project cleans up waterways and employs watermen and women during a slower time of the year

WANCHESE – The North Carolina Coastal Federation is set to begin its seventh year of the Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project this week. Thirty-one commercial watermen along the northern and central coast will set out into the sounds to collect lost crab pots. With the help of various partners, commercial fishermen and women are hired…

Federation and State partner on large scale marine debris removal project

North Carolina Coastal Federation and North Carolina Division of Coastal Management partner on large scale marine debris and vessel removal project WILMINGTON –The N.C. Division of Coastal Management, in partnership with the North Carolina Coastal Federation, received nearly $2 million dollars in funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Emergency Watershed Protection Program for the…

Federation Receives Marine Debris Removal Grant from NOAA

The North Carolina Coastal Federation will be removing large-scale marine debris in the Albemarle-Pamlico Sound with a grant award from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program. The federation will coordinate the project in partnership with Dare County and the N.C. Division of Coastal Management. The major goal of this NOAA Marine…

North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Marine Debris Removal Project Underway

WILMINGTON – Under the leadership of the North Carolina Coastal Federation, over 45 tons of trash and debris was recently removed by local watermen from the coastal marshes and waters around Topsail Island. Funded through by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program’s Community- Based Marine Debris Removal Grant Program, the two-year grant…

2019 Legislative Roundup

In January, the North Carolina General Assembly completed its 2019 legislative session. With the 2020 session not expected to begin until April, now is an excellent time to review the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s 2019 state policy work. The federation had considerable success in Raleigh last year. Some of our most significant victories include: $1.8M…