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…

Commercial fishermen needed to help recover lost fishing gear

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is currently accepting applications for “on-water” cleanup assistance related to its annual Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project. This project is open to commercial watermen in North Carolina. Watermen are selected to participate in this program annually to help the federation and the North Carolina Marine Patrol remove lost fishing gear…

State budget funds oyster restoration, crab pot cleanup

Both coastal conservationists and shellfish growers agree that the new state budget makes important new investments in the state’s oyster industry. North Carolina Coastal Federation staff members learned Monday night that the budget included all of the requested funding for oyster restoration and crab pot cleanup — two of the federation’s major projects for keeping…

Building New Oyster Reefs on Roanoke Island- a Novel Technique

Building New Oyster Reefs on Roanoke Island- a Novel Technique The federation and volunteers have been busy building oyster reefs this summer out of recycled crab pots and bags of oyster shell. Volunteers from Youth Build in Elizabeth City, Jennette’s Pier Service in Science Campers, and other local volunteers have lent a hand to the…