Cape Fear Academy students receive educational program from federation staff

On Friday, March 29 a group of 28 first and second graders from Cape Fear Academy went to the Fred and Alice Stanback Education Center in Wrightsville Beach for a special educational program filled with engaging activities about stormwater runoff and oyster biology.  The students learned about stormwater runoff through a demonstration using EnviroScape which…

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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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78 watermen and women remove 3,112 crab pots from the North Carolina coast

A total of 78 commercial watermen and women worked in January 2019 to remove 3,112 crab pots from the North Carolina coast. The Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project, is part of a statewide marine debris removal effort led by the North Carolina Coastal Federation with $100,000 from the North Carolina General Assembly. Lost pots are…

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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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Shellfish Mariculture Plan reviewed by environmental committees

On Jan. 11, a key state environmental committee welcomed researchers from the North Carolina Shellfish Mariculture Advisory Committee and the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory for a review of the recently completed strategic plan to boost the state’s shellfish industry. Researchers told lawmakers that a modest increase of state funding over the next decade could boost…

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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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Federation receives a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator

The North Carolina Coastal Federation has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. This award is given to non-profit organizations that are accountable, transparent and financially healthy. This is the federation’s fifth year in a row earning a 4-star rating which is a long-term dedication to fiscal best practices that only 10% of nonprofits achieve.…

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General Assembly approves Hurricane Florence disaster recovery appropriations

With the November election over, the North Carolina General Assembly returned to Raleigh after Thanksgiving for one, last lame duck session before the new legislature is seated in January. Among other legislation, the General Assembly approved a new round of Hurricane Florence disaster recovery appropriations. Included in this legislation was $250,000 for the NC Department…

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Federation hosts second Living Shoreline Open House to educate homeowners

On Nov. 27, the North Carolina Coastal Federation hosted their second Living Shoreline Open House at the central office. The open house allowed waterfront homeowners to learn more about what they can do to prevent shoreline erosion and damage on their property. Several of the homeowners in attendance had experienced damage to their bulkhead after…

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