Habitat Restoration

  • NOAA Funds Aquaculture Debris Cleanup

    A recently announced federal grant will be used to help pay for removal of debris from an abandoned aquaculture operation littering public trust waters in Carteret County.

  • Stewards Aim to Protect Beach-Nesting Birds

    The Emerald Isle Waterbird Stewards Program, under the supervision of the Wildlife Resources Commission, is working to protect beach-nesting least terns and Wilson’s plovers, both of special concern in North Carolina.

  • Can New Reef Design Save Historic Shoreline?

    The Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site’s storm-battered shoreline on the Cape Fear will soon test how a new oyster reef design curbs erosion in a high-energy wave environment.

  • Town: Park Without Ball Fields Not Worth It

    Faced with a state report discouraging plans to develop much of the last maritime forest in Emerald Isle for ball fields, town officials say the proposed land deal may not happen without them.

  • Plan Limits Hunting at Carson Reserve

    Officials recently announced plans for new restrictions on hunting at the Rachel Carson Reserve in Carteret County, where visitors increasingly enjoy other activities.

  • Marine Debris Cleanup Effort Expanded

    An annual project that puts commercial fishermen to work ridding northeastern North Carolina waterways of derelict fishing gear expanded this year to include the state’s entire coast.

  • Corps Eases Living Shoreline Permit Process

    The Corps of Engineers has approved the first nationwide permit for the construction and maintenance of living shorelines, streamlining the approval process for waterfront property owners.

  • River Advocates Work to Add Fish Passages

    Building on the apparent success of the first rock arch rapids on the East Coast work has begun on a project to design and build rapids or other fish passages at the remaining dams.

  • Bridge Work Brings Beneficial Reef Projects

    Advocates say fishing and water quality will both improve thanks to a living shoreline reef under construction in Oregon Inlet and planned construction and restoration of artificial reefs in nearby waters using debris from the Bonner Bridge demolition.