Unified Development Ordinance

Industrial Development in New Hanover County How can we attract the right type of industry to our community? Partners from across the County are working to provide our community with the opportunity for input to determine which heavy-manufacturing uses are compatible with the region’s economy, public health, natural assets and our unique quality of life.…

Restaurant to Reef Program

Click Here for Restaurant Application Click Here for Volunteer Application Restoration: Recycled oyster shells are a valuable resource in North Carolina. They are used to build new reefs. Free floating baby oysters attach to the new reefs and grow more oysters. Dumping oyster shells in landfills is illegal in North Carolina because of their value…

Ocean Friendly Establishments

Look for this sticker in certified businesses’ windows to support their efforts in protecting our coastal environment. Click Here for Restaurant ApplicationClick Here for Non-Restaurant ApplicationClick Here for Current List of Businesses Send completed applications to lesliev@nccoast.org Follow our Facebook page! In the northeast region, the North Carolina Coastal Federation and the North Carolina Aquariums’…

Hurricane Florence Debris Cleanup

Clean-up efforts continue down the coast in the southeast region targeting the removal of Hurricane Florence related debris. The National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program awarded the federation $250,000 for 2019-2020 cleanup efforts in the southeast region. In 2019, the North Carolina General Assembly allocated $400,000 to the North Carolina Division of Marine…

Shellfish Aquaculture

Learn more State of the Oyster: 2017 Progress Report The Oyster Restoration and Protection Plan for North Carolina: A Blueprint for Action 2015-2020 NCOysters.org North Carolina Shellfish Mariculture Plan: 2017-2018 Plan Development Process A multi-stakeholder group worked together to create a shellfish mariculture plan for North Carolina in order to grow the industry in a sustainable way. Shellfish…