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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
NC lawmakers signal deal on funding to keep government running | News & Observer News & Observer
6/30/15 8:55 AMRALEIGH - General Assembly lawmakers signaled a possible agreement late Monday on a way to keep state government funded as it lapses into a new fiscal year without a new budget.
Sea-level rise affecting swamps
6/30/15 8:50 AMTO THE EDITOR: In response to the June 23 letter “Sea-level rise”: Any inch of sea-level rise may not seem important. However this last inch is. A threshold was crossed that completely changed the swamps on the north side of Albemarle Sound.
More shark attacks may be tied to more humans in the water
6/30/15 8:50 AMShark experts have a not-so-reassuring explanation for a recent spate of attacks along on the coast of the Carolinas: It’s mainly because so many people are getting in the water.
Museum celebrates coastal traditions
6/29/15 9:14 AMHARKERS ISLAND — There are some places so special that they tempt travelers to remain quiet about their existence so as to keep them pristine.
Talkin’ Tuesdays begin at Waterfowl Museum
6/29/15 8:44 AMA new summer program, Talkin’ Tuesdays, has started at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center on Harkers Island.
More sea turtles could mean more sharks, expert says
6/26/15 9:42 AMAfter the fourth reported shark bite of the year along the North Carolina coast, a shark attack expert is speculating a banner year for sea turtle nesting could have something to do with the increased patrols of sharks in the surf.
Researchers push to learn more about sharks
6/26/15 9:42 AMBy the late 1980s, shark populations around the globe were in decline. George Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research, said as the scientific community scrambled for ways to conserve the creatures, it became clear that sharks were over-fished and woefully under-researched.
Dare scrapes up enough money to dredge for at least a year
6/26/15 9:41 AMDare County appears to have come up with a plan to help pay for inlet dredging at least through the next year without cutting into beach nourishment money promised to Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Duck.
It’s all about marine science for students at camp
6/25/15 10:24 AMMOREHEAD CITY — Beaufort Middle School rising seventh-grader Allie Kittrell wants to become a marine biologist. So does Newport Middle School seventh-grader Trinity Nolette.
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