Conservation

Conservation of our oceans, ecology and natural resources including organizations like Sea Shepherd, Sea Turtle Hospitals and especially the nature conservation efforts along the beach regions of the Carolinas.

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum 2015 Calendar of Events – February 2015

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum 2015 Calendar of Events – February 2015

BEAUFORT, NC Dec. 22, 2014: On Stage: The Cassimir, Wall-mounted Engine Telegraph Equipment February 1-28 While built as part of the push to supply war ships, the Cassimir was not finished in time to see WWI action. Completed in 1920, she was sold and converted to a general cargo ship. Her undoing came in February of 1942. Visit the Museum to see actual parts from her wall-mounted engine telegraph, and learn her history and what became of the molasses-carrying tanker and her crew. For more information, call the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum at 252-986-2995 or visit www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, N.C. 27943.   Matters of Steel: Examining the Deterioration of a WWII Merchant […]

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum 2015 Calendar of Events – January 2015

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum 2015 Calendar of Events – January 2015

BEAUFORT, NC Dec. 22, 2014: On Stage: The Clythia, Masthead Light January 1-31 The Clythia was a large Norwegian bark that shipwrecked on January 22, 1894 near Wash Woods. Visit the Museum in January to view her masthead light and discover her history and the details of her stranding just south of the Virginia-North Carolina line. For more information, call the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum at 252-986-2995 or visit www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, N.C. 27943.   Dash at the Enemy: The Use of Modern Naval Theory to Examine the Battlefield at Elizabeth City, North Carolina January 8, 11 a.m. Following the victory at Roanoke Island in 1862, Union naval officer Commander Stephen Rowan […]

Biologists Find Gill Lice in Brook Trout in Cullasaja River Tributaries

Biologists Find Gill Lice in Brook Trout in Cullasaja River Tributaries

HIGHLANDS, NC Dec. 19, 2014 — Fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are asking for anglers’ assistance after gill lice were found on brook trout in several headwater streams of the Cullasaja River in Macon County. Staff with the Little Tennessee Land Trust found the gill lice in September while sampling fish with the Commission near Highlands. The discovery marked the first time that gill lice have been documented in North Carolina waters. Biologists are concerned what affect these tiny, white crustaceans — also known as copepods — could have on native brook trout populations. As their name implies, gill lice attach to a fish’s gills, which can traumatize gills and inhibit the fish’s ability to breathe. While […]

Getting People Underwater
By December 16, 2014 Read More →

Getting People Underwater

Coastal communities are no different than any other with one big exception: the Ocean.  Folks who live at the coast have a common environmental bond, whether they have realized it or not.  In West Palm Beach, it is Jim Abernethy’s mission to bring locals together to strengthen that bond while creating an entire community of environmental champions who take marine conservation very seriously.  Jim and his network of local stewards are not only practicing efforts to cleanup, conserve, and protect their coastal community environment; they also mentor others to continue the movement. I met Jim while on a dive vacation and we struck up conversation as I returned my tank to his shop after an impromptu underwater cleanup at the Blue […]

Wildlife Commission to Conduct Nine Public Hearings Starting Jan. 6

Wildlife Commission to Conduct Nine Public Hearings Starting Jan. 6

RALEIGH, NC Dec. 11, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct nine public hearings in January on proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the 2015-16 seasons. Among the wildlife management-related proposed changes are temporary rules regulating the holding of deer in captivity. The proposals meet the General Assembly’s directive and follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Chronic Wasting Disease Program standards when regulating deer, elk and other ruminants in the cervid family. In addition, the temporary rules would allow captive cervid licensees to sell antlers, antler velvet and hides from the animals held at their facilities. Of interest to anglers are 36 proposals including additions to Public Mountain Trout Waters and […]

No Thanksgiving for the Dolphins of Taiji

No Thanksgiving for the Dolphins of Taiji

NO THANKSGIVING FOR THE DOLPHINS OF TAIJI, AS ALBINO DOLPHIN IS CAPTURED IN THE COVE The Capture Follows Another White Risso’s Dolphin Captured Nov. 23 (Japan time) Originally Reported to be Albino, Now Confirmed Piebald TAIJI, Japan Dec. 1, 2014 — Five days after news broke of a second white dolphin — originally reported to be albino, and now confirmed as piebald — captured in the cove this season in Taiji, unbelievably another rare, white Risso’s dolphin was driven in and captured in the cove on Friday (Nov. 28 Japan time), report Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians from on the ground in Taiji. While Thanksgiving was being celebrated in the US, Friday morning in Japan the Taiji dolphin killers located the […]

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National Register Adds 17 North Carolina Historic Places

National Register Adds 17 North Carolina Historic Places

RALEIGH, NC Nov. 21, 2014 – The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources is pleased to announce that 17 individual properties and districts across the state have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The properties below were reviewed by the North Carolina National Register Advisory Committee and were subsequently approved by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Officer and forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register.   “Architecture is among North Carolina’s rich cultural treasures,” Governor Pat McCrory said. “These selections are North Carolina’s adaptations of classic American styles of architecture ranging from a plantation house to a downtown auto dealership. I’m pleased these sites have merited selection to the National Register so they can be […]

North Carolina’s ‘Enchanted Airlie’ Grows International

North Carolina’s ‘Enchanted Airlie’ Grows International

WILMINGTON, NC Nov. 20, 2014 – When night falls over 67-acre Airlie Gardens in December, the forest comes alive as “Enchanted Airlie,” an estimated 750,000 twinkling lights illuminating the half-mile, self-guided, walking trail of holiday displays. Seasonal sounds fill the air and warm holiday refreshments add the perfect touch for a winter stroll. Created by the Airlie Gardens Foundation ten years ago, Enchanted Airlie has rapidly gained national and international prominence as a must-see attraction for the holidays. “We have visitors from all 50 states and 47 different countries,” said Janine Powell, Airlie Gardens’ Development Director. “During Enchanted Airlie we’ll see around 30,000 people.” The Southeast Tourism Society voted Enchanted Airlie a Top 20 Event in 2012. In November, Out […]

Camp Lejeune Seeks Input from the Community
By November 17, 2014 Read More →

Camp Lejeune Seeks Input from the Community

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is looking for input for the 2015 Community Involvement Plan for the Environmental Restoration Program. If you live in the area, please consider completing the form at: MCBCAMLEJ.CIP@ch2m.com The Community Involvement Plan is a document that will describe how Camp Lejeune communicates with the local community about the environmental restoration program and also how they can provide opportunities for public involvement. This is your chance to speak your mind. This short survey (link above) is important for Camp Lejeune officials to understand the community’s suggestions, concerns, and what information the public is seeking about the program. A summary of the responses will be included in the plan. For more information about the program and the […]

NC Marine Debris Symposium News: Fall 2014
By November 17, 2014 Read More →

NC Marine Debris Symposium News: Fall 2014

Marine debris is a problem that continues to grow.  Our waterways and oceans are constantly polluted with a wide variety of marine debris ranging from polystyrene trays and plastic bags to derelict fishing equipment and abandoned boats. Marine life, such as several Fish species, Whales, Sharks, Sea Turtles, and Birds have been known to ingest marine debris or become entangled in marine debris, which may lead to injury, intestinal blockage, and death.  Marine debris is an Eastern North Carolina concern not only because of the threats to our native wildlife, our ecosystem and our own health, but it also washes up on beaches and shorelines degrading the environment, and effecting our local economy and tourism. Local cooperation and regional partnership is needed to create public awareness while developing ways to […]

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