Hopvemberfest showcases local oysters and benefits the federation’s work

Hopvemberfest at Tortuga’s Lie was a huge success over Veteran’s Day weekend. Hundreds of locals and visitors came out on a beautiful fall day to enjoy grilled oysters from Greentail’s Seafood Market & Kitchen, North Carolina craft beers from Buffalo City Jug Shop, Fortnight, Mother Earth Brewery and Wooden Robot as well as local Kill…

Federation educates Oystoberfest guests on the importance of recycling shells

Staff and volunteers from the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s northeast office were proud to attend Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar and Wine Café’s annual Oystoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 13.  Around 200 attendees enjoyed unlimited oysters on the half shell and a variety of cooked oyster dishes from local restaurants. Some of the North Carolina oyster growers…

Roanoke Island oyster reef monitoring yields positive results

The week before Hurricane Florence landed on the North Carolina coast, staff and volunteers in the federation’s Northeast office spent an afternoon monitoring an oyster restoration site on the southern end of Roanoke Island, near Thicket Lump. This 200-foot section of sill was initially built three years ago and is monitored at least once a…

North Carolina signs on to NOAA’s National Shellfish Initiative

  Video by Mark Hibbs North Carolina becomes the first state in the Southeast and sixth in the nation to launch a state Shellfish Initiative as state officials made the announcement on Aug. 2 at a public event at N.C. State University’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology. Approximately 75 people attended, including scientists, state…

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…

Cape Fear Community College culinary students help out at Morris Landing

On Thursday, July 5, 25 volunteers enjoyed a beautiful day at Stump Sound in Holly Ridge to help the North Carolina Coastal Federation install plants along the shoreline. The volunteers helped to plant 1,000 spartina alterniflora plugs on Stump Sound. These plants help to stabilize the shoreline and restore estuarine habitat. They also contribute to…

Summer programs in Outer Banks in full swing

Even though school’s out for the summer, environmental education continues at the North Carolina Coastal Federation. The Wanchese office educated several student groups toward the end of June, spending time on the grounds of the office and at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Jr. Aquatic Adventures, a summer camp at the aquarium, visited…