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A fresh take on the region's salty affairs
By: Marie English, APNEP
Rhana Paris of the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island offers educational programming in Bath, NC (2011)
Work from APNEP’s Education and Engagement workgroup is heating up this summer! This group has met occasionally since last December to discuss mutual environmental education objectives and address estuarine environmental education needs.
Through competitive grants, APNEP has funded six projects that will enhance education in our region and support APNEP’s mission. These projects will make coastal education more accessible to high school students, environmental educators, Spanish speakers and more. Follow us on social media to hear more as these projects develop!
Hooking the region's best video clips
UNC TV's Exploring North Carolina highlights the state's marshes and explains why this habitat can be considered the beginning of the "cafeteria line" in the way it provides food for large fish like albacore, tuna, drum, and Spanish mackerel. Our coastal economy is dependent on the marsh ecosystem because we wouldn't have big fish, shrimp or oysters if we didn't have salt marsh. In the film, Liz Baird describes the marsh behind our barrier islands: "If we were to look at it from a plane and look down, I think of it as being the frame around the picture of the estuary".
News and information from the Albemarle-Pamlico region and beyond
Clean water is good for North Carolina
7/6/15 11:51 AMWhile extensive data on water pollution from concentrated animal feeding operations are widely available, North Carolina finally has gathered its own facts on the surface-water effects of hog and poultry production in the state.
NPS: sea level rise puts cape at risk
7/6/15 11:49 AMHARKERS ISLAND — Cape Lookout National Seashore has over $878 million in assets at risk from sea level rise, according to a recent National Park Service study.
Summer school for teachers
7/2/15 12:29 PMEven though school is out for summer, some teachers use this time to take classes themselves. That’s exactly what 22 teachers from across the state did in order to find opportunities to keep learning.
Young bull sharks find NC sounds inviting
7/2/15 12:02 PMGREENVILLE, N.C. — While seven people have been bitten by sharks off the North Carolina coast in the past month, an expert says people are increasingly likely to encounter a shark in the state's sounds.
Dredging up the dollars: The search for inlet maintenance funds
7/2/15 12:00 PMFollowing numerous efforts by Dare County to secure funding for ongoing dredging of Oregon Inlet, several funding sources are now emerging, with at least one securely in place as a funding contingency of last resort.
Red algae a concern in some areas on NC coast
7/2/15 12:00 PMNORTH CAROLINA -- An invasive red algae has made its way from the Pacific Northwest to the North Carolina coast. Researchers say its causing some problems for fish and is taking over native habitats. However, this is not the same type of algae that turns water red.
Op-Ed: How new tests prove hog, poultry pollution of NC waters
7/2/15 12:02 PMWhile extensive data on water pollution from concentrated animal feeding operations are widely available, North Carolina finally has gathered its own facts on the surface-water effects of hog and poultry production in the state.
Shark researchers see the benefit of the species in the food chain
7/2/15 11:58 AMThe news this summer of several shark attacks on the North Carolina coast came as a surprise to many marine scientists. Severe shark attacks are extraordinarily rare; far more people are killed by cows each year than sharks.
The road ahead for the Bonner Bridge
7/2/15 11:56 AMThe replacement span for the Bonner Bridge may finally get built.
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