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…

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Federation awarded $1.1M to help North Carolina coastal counties

OCEAN – On Thursday, Nov. 8, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and partners awarded a $1.1 million grant to the federation for the ‘Living Shorelines for North Carolina Coastal Communities’ project that will benefit communities in Carteret and Pamlico counties. Federation Coastal Scientist Dr. Lexia Weaver will lead the two large-scale living shoreline projects. For…

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Help Wanted: Commercial watermen and women needed to remove lost crab pots

WANCHESE — The North Carolina Coastal Federation is currently accepting applications from commercial watermen to be hired to assist in its annual on-the-water Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project. The application period for these jobs is now open for any fisherman with a valid Standard Commercial Fishing License (SCFL) in North Carolina. Watermen are selected to…

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Wanchese office educates students on rain gardens

The North Carolina Coastal Federation has been busy with creating functioning rain gardens throughout the community. The soil and plants in these spaces will filter out pollutants and reduce stormwater runoff. Education Coordinator Sara Hallas and Coastal Specialist Leslie Vegas spent time exploring the rain garden at First Flight Middle School with students. Over the…

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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…

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Federation provides government recommendations following Hurricane Florence

With North Carolina slowly beginning the process of recovering from Hurricane Florence, the North Carolina General Assembly is scheduled to meet Oct. 15 to approve a multimillion-dollar package of aid to farmers, flooded out homeowners, small businesses and disaster-stricken communities. On Oct. 10, Gov. Roy Cooper released his Hurricane Florence recovery plan, which includes substantial…

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Don’t burn pressure treated wood

OCEAN – Hurricane Florence’s big storm surge destroyed many docks, walkways and bulkheads along our coast. “There are large, mangled piles of chemically preserved lumber and poles from docks and bulkheads washed up all along our shorelines,” said Todd Miller, executive director of the North Carolina Coastal Federation. “Now people are asking what they should…

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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…

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Living shoreline installed at Starkey Creek

In late August, the North Carolina Coastal Federation held a living shoreline workday where staff and volunteers worked together to complete a living shoreline in Starkey Creek using bags of recycled oyster shells. This shoreline will protect the shore from erosion and create habitat for many marine creatures including oysters, which help filter and clean…

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Updated: Federation urges the public to stay out of the water after Florence

OCEAN – Officials with the North Carolina Coastal Federation and the state of North Carolina advise residents and tourists that it’s not yet safe to swim and wade in coastal waters. Massive amounts of polluted runoff are still flowing into coastal waterways all along areas of our coast impacted by heavy rains from Hurricane Florence.…

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Federation staff and volunteers assist with OBX Beach Sweep

The North Carolina Coastal Federation staff and volunteers were pleased to act as Avalon Pier’s zone captain for the Outer Banks Surfrider Foundation’s annual OBX Beach Sweep and TrashFest on Sept. 22. Both locals and visitors gathered at multiple accesses to remove trash from the beach.  While the sweep had been planned far in advance,…

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EPA hosts community engagement event on GenX

Hundreds of people attended the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) PFAS Community Engagement Event on Tuesday, Aug. 14, in Fayetteville. PFAS are a group of man-made industrial chemicals – perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances – that include GenX. Although research on the potential effects of these emerging compounds is limited, scientific evidence associates these compounds with adverse human…

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Federal judge sides with federation, conservation groups on clean water

A federal judge sided with the North Carolina Coastal Federation and other conservation groups Thursday when he issued an injunction that blocked the federal administration’s attempt to suspend the Clean Water Rule. The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) represented the federation, the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, Charleston Waterkeeper, American Rivers, Chattachoochee Riverkeeper, Clean Water…

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