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A fresh take on the region's salty affairs
By: Jim Hawhee, APNEP
Hilde Zenil of East Carolina University conducts surveys
Imagine someone whose only pleasure is to count blades of grass… -John Rawls
Submerged aquatic vegetation. Scientists casually refer to it as SAV and you might know it as seagrass, though the stuff in North Carolina grows mostly in our embayed sounds. It’s extremely important habitat for fish and waterfowl, and by extension it’s important to the hunters and fishermen that reside in and flock to eastern North Carolina.
Like the canary in the coal mine, these aquatic grasses are an important indicator of water quality in the sounds. Specifically, they are sensitive to nutrient and sediment inputs from upstream rivers which can limit how much light they receive. Rough estimates in the 1980s suggested that up to 200,000 acres of SAV existed in North Carolina’s sounds. In 2011, an APNEP-led effort to survey SAV from the air accounted for 138,000 visible acres.
Hooking the region's best video clips
UNC-TV's NC Weekend special on Goose Creek State Park. With its location just a few miles east of Washington, along the Pamlico River, this park allows visitors to connect with the Albemarle-Pamlico ecosystem. The park features seven miles of hiking trails with riverfront views, hardwood swamps, and coastal marshes.
News and information from the Albemarle-Pamlico region and beyond
Public hearing for Swan Quarter Landing
1/23/15 1:57 PMA RECREATIONAL PROPOSAL: Hyde County held a public hearing Tuesday evening, inviting the public to discuss plans for the potential redevelopment of the former Jarvis Property on Swan Quarter Landing.
EMC chair resigns
1/23/15 1:57 PMBenne Hutson, the Charlotte lawyer who led North Carolina's environmental rule-making board, has resigned under the weight of time spent on state business.
Jones asks Corps to allot more for Oregon Inlet
1/23/15 1:28 PMCongressman Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., has called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allocate additional funding to dredge Eastern North Carolina’s Oregon Inlet.
Goose Creek plans series of nature programs
1/23/15 1:27 PMLovers of nature and history are invited to Goose Creek State Park for a series of educational programs scheduled over the next several weeks.
Fishermen in NC, GA charged with illegal fishing
1/23/15 1:26 PMWASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged 13 commercial fishermen in North Carolina and Georgia for their role in the illegal harvest, sale and false reporting of approximately 90,000 pounds of Atlantic striped bass during 2009 and 2010.
Virginia Outdoors Foundation protected 27,000 acres
1/23/15 1:26 PMRICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Outdoors Foundation says it permanently protected more than 27,000 acres in 2014.
Record-breaking year for Va. parks
1/23/15 1:25 PMVirginia’s network of state parks saw a new attendance record set in 2014, according to officials, which translated to a record economic impact to the commonwealth.
N.C. man nabs two massive bluefin tuna two days in a row
1/22/15 10:30 AMThere’s a reason bluefin tuna is expensive. The massive fish are strong, fast and difficult to catch.
Sea-level rise policy top priority for coastal regulators
1/22/15 10:26 AMAfter political support eroded the first time around, North Carolina's coastal regulators are again trying to develop a sea-level rise policy that can navigate the choppy waters between science and skepticism.
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