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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
What makes an oyster reef restoration effort successful? Why do we even care about restoring these habitats? Researchers from UNC's Institute of Marine Sciences address these questions in this video highlighting one of NC's greatest natural resources. Due to the pressures of overfishing, poor water quality, and disease, oyster populations in NC have declined considerably. Watch this video to learn more about research on successfully restoring oyster reefs in the Albemarle-Pamlico estuary.
News and information from the Albemarle-Pamlico region and beyond
In surprise move, Dare County approves $3.5M on Oregon Inlet dredging
3/6/15 9:51 AMDare County unexpectedly voted this week to spend roughly $3.5 million a year to dredge the treacherous Oregon Inlet, possibly resolving a problem that has vexed boaters and officials for more than 20 years.
N.C. Coastal Federation wins award
3/6/15 9:50 AMA chapter of the world’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to fisheries will present one of its annual awards to the N.C. Coastal Federation, an environmental nonprofit group, for its work to restore marine habitats.
Waterfront getting attention: Goals, challenges abundant in 2015
3/5/15 10:10 AMIn January, the city revised its waterfront dock fees, but there’s more in store for those docks and the waterfront.
Hearing on oil and natural gas leases will be March 16 in KDH
3/5/15 10:08 AMA pubic meeting on lease sales to explore for offshore oil and natural gas is set for March 16 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza in Kill Devil Hills.
Duck presents plan for tax districts to help finance beach work
3/5/15 10:07 AMDuck’s Town Council held a public hearing Wednesday night on establishing two special tax districts to help fund a $14.5 million beach nourishment project scheduled to begin next year.
Nonprofit wants dredging money
3/5/15 10:06 AMA nonprofit group has formed to raise money to help pay for dredging of the channel at the east end of Taylor’s Creek.
NCCF's Miller earns prestigious honor
3/5/15 10:04 AMThose who know N.C. Coastal Federation founder and executive director Todd Miller also know three things about him.
Hammocks Beach vote delayed
3/5/15 10:03 AMFinal approval of the state funds for purchase of 289 acres for an addition to Hammocks Beach State Park was pulled from N.C. Council of State agenda Tuesday morning.
Date of Outer Banks oil meeting set
3/4/15 11:16 AMUnder pressure from local governments, environmental groups and state politicians, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM, will hold a public scoping meeting on Monday, March 16
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