Program release postponed, but the fight against offshore oil continues

The release of the 2019-2024 Proposed National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program has been postponed indefinitely according to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt. Bernhardt explained in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, published on Apr. 25, 2019, that the agency will await the outcome of the appeals process against the decision from…

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Federation and partners remove almost 600,000 pounds of abandoned mariculture debris from Carteret County waters

In March 2019, the North Carolina Coastal Federation along with partners, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), North Carolina Sea Grant and commercial shellfish operations, wrapped up a two year-long project that removed almost 600,000 pounds of decades old mariculture operation debris from Carteret County waters. Volunteer groups with the federation, NOAA partners, and…

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Spring break groups make a difference along our coast

Every year, the North Carolina Coastal Federation hosts groups of college students during their spring break in our three offices. This March, groups from East Carolina University (ECU), Roanoke College, Ithaca College, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Meredith College spent their spring break making a difference on our coast. Wanchese Our Wanchese office hosted 17…

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Federation hosts 2019 North Carolina Oyster Summit in Raleigh

The North Carolina Coastal Federation, North Carolina Sea Grant, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) hosted the 2019 North Carolina Oyster Summit on Tuesday, March 12 in Raleigh, N.C. The summit took place at the North Carolina Museum of Natural…

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Federation attends meeting about the proposed seismic surveying and oil and gas exploration

The League of Women Voters of Dare County hosted a public meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27 to discuss the current activity associated with seismic surveys and the development of the 2019-2024 National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program. Craig Merrill, the Natural Resources Committee Chair, welcomed the attendees and introduced Bob Woodard, Dare County Commissioner…

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Two alerts about offshore oil

The North Carolina Coastal Federation and partner organizations filed a motion for a preliminary injunction on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2019 to block seismic surveys from beginning in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf until a separate lawsuit is resolved. The initial lawsuit filed on Dec. 11, 2018 outlines that the decision to issue incidental harassment authorizations (IHAs) violates…

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Groups seek court order blocking Atlantic seismic blasting

Press release via Oceana CHARLESTON, SC – A group of conservation organizations today asked a federal judge to block the start of harmful seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean, a precursor to offshore drilling, until the case can be fully heard in court. The motion for a preliminary injunction filed in federal court in…

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Clean Water Act comment period now open

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking feedback on its plan to remove clean water protections that have been in place for generations. The administration recently released a proposed rule that will break down the Clean Water Act. If adopted, this proposed rule will open the doors to pollution into southern rivers, streams, lakes and coastal waters.…

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2019 Hatteras Oyster Roast sees record breaking attendance

The sixth annual Hatteras Island Oyster Roast at Oden’s Dock hosted by the North Carolina Coastal Federation on Saturday, Feb. 2 saw record breaking attendance of over 400 oyster enthusiasts, making the event a sold out affair. Guests traveled from up to six hours away to enjoy unlimited oysters, chowder and corn bread. The federation…

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Federation hosts coastwide cleanup to kick off 2019

The North Carolina Coastal Federation hosted a series of land based cleanups along the coast this past weekend in conjunction with the kick off of the Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project, an effort to remove lost crab pots from North Carolina sounds. The North Carolina General Assembly appropriated funding to this project to facilitate and…

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Federation gives educators a tour of the Lake Mattamuskeet watershed

A cohort of dynamic and innovative teachers of grades K-12 participated in their first weekend field experience at the Pocosin Lakes and Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuges as part of a fellowship program offered by North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences to facilitate project-based learning (PBL) in the classroom. The educators visited the Pocosin Lakes on…

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Federation participates in Outer Banks Distillery’s oyster roast

New friendships were formed at the Toast to the Coast Oyster Roast hosted by Outer Banks Distilling, the makers of Kill Devil Rum, in downtown Manteo this past weekend.  Following the release of their winter spiced rum, staff and volunteers from the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s northeast office were excited to participate in the distillery’s…

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