Northeast office spends time with First Flight Middle School

The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s northeast office has been busy leading outdoor educational experiences with sixth grade students from First Flight Middle School. With support from the Outer Banks Community Foundation, nearly 250 students and their teachers embarked on a full day field trip to Jockey’s Ridge State Park earlier this month. The federation’s staff…

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May Legislative Update

The month of May typically marks the home stretch of the North Carolina General Assembly’s long session, so it’s a good time to take stock of the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s 2019 legislative agenda. Here’s a quick rundown: Oysters Earlier this year, the UNC Collaboratory released a strategic plan that included regulatory reforms and new…

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Federation hosts Earth Day activities in each region

The North Carolina Coastal Federation hosted a number of Earth Day activities last week in each region. Although the federation celebrates our planet and our coast every day, a little extra celebration occurred during the weeks leading up to and following Earth Day. Northeast Region  The Wanchese office celebrated Earth Day by participating in the…

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Federation’s northeast office acts as a stop on Outer Banks’ Taste of the Beach Oyster Tour

On March 30, staff at the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s northeast office educated visiting groups on the importance of oysters in North Carolina’s ecosystem, oyster biology, the federation’s oyster sanctuary work, mariculture advances in the state and more. After the informational session, groups were led to the office’s dock where they were introduced to live…

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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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