Our Coast

  • Sturgeon Business A New Kind of Family Farm

    The operators of a Down East aquaculture business launched about 10 years ago and now producing sturgeon meat and caviar say their long, challenging journey began with a vision for sustainable family farming.

  • Pitch Pines and Tar Burners: A 1792 Account

    North Carolina historian David Cecelski shares an historical account of what he thinks might be the best description of tar making in the state he has ever read, written by an English merchant from a 1792 visit to coastal North Carolina.

  • Festival Celebrates Jazz, Coastal History

    The ninth annual Ocean City Jazz Festival, July 7-8 on Topsail Island, was created to draw people of all walks of life together through music and promote the beach community’s African-American history.

  • Our Coast’s People: Rachel Noble

    She’s a coastal scientist who developed a quick test for bacteria that health officials use to gauge the safety of shellfish waters and swimming areas and that can also be used for other foods, meet Rachel Noble.

  • Our Coast’s People: Ocracoke’s Two Blanches

    Named after the late Blanche Howard Joliff of Ocracoke, the handcrafted fishing boat Blanche has changed hands many times since 1934 and is now an outdoor exhibit at the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum.

  • Ocracoke’s Trumpeter Swan Has Flown On

    Ocracoke recently hosted for two months a rare avian visitor, the trumpeter swan. Peter Vankevich with the Ocracoke Observer shares observations and photos of the swan that hasn’t been spotted since May 2.

  • Our Coast’s History: Crew of the Bedfordshire

    A solemn observance held Friday at Ocracoke’s British Cemetery honored the men of the H.M.T. Bedfordshire who died on May 11, 1942, in a World War II battle off the N.C. coast, but a few islanders got to know some of the crew before their deaths.

  • Our Coast’s People: Angie Wills of YouthBuild

    Angie Wills of the River City Community Development Corp. YouthBuild Program in Elizabeth City has been helping young people discover opportunity in part by rebuilding oyster reefs and planting rain gardens.

  • Paula Gillikin Keeps Watch Over Wild Horses

    Beaufort native Paula Gillikin is caretaker of the wild horses at the Rachel Carson Reserve, but that’s only one of her responsibilities as the N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve central sites manager.