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Coastinista:  Your Daily Cup of Coastal Conservation (Tangled Up in the Blue)
By October 31, 2014 Read More →

Coastinista: Your Daily Cup of Coastal Conservation (Tangled Up in the Blue)

A few years ago, as seen in these photos, I was doing a beach cleanup at the South end of Topsail Island and came across this Common Loon that was hooked, tangled, and emaciated. I was able to grab him, remove the hook and line, but he was still in bad shape.  I took him to Possumwood Acres Wildlife Rehab in Hubert where he recovered and was released. This is not all that uncommon and happens from time-to-time when surf and pier fishing. This summer, while attending the Southeastern Marine Debris Consortium Workshop in Charleston, I got a text message from a friend, who was pier fishing, with a photo of a Loggerhead Sea Turtle entangled in his line. I […]

Cruise the Coast to Celebrate National Estuaries Day

Cruise the Coast to Celebrate National Estuaries Day

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC Sept. 9. 2014 – The N.C. Coastal Federation is hosting the inaugural “Cruise for the Coast” to celebrate our estuaries and support the federation’s education programs. The three-hour cruise to Masonboro Island will depart from Carolina Beach on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. aboard the 65-foot Winner Cruise Queen.   On the island, participants can walk the beach with federation staff and Richard Cecelski of Carolina Ocean Studies. The return trip will be through Snow’s Cut, just in time for the sunset, and guests can enjoy music, complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages on the upper deck.   National Estuaries Day is an annual celebration that’s been held since 1988 to highlight the importance, beauty and vulnerability […]

Boating and Driving Safety Campaign Underway this Labor Day Weekend

Boating and Driving Safety Campaign Underway this Labor Day Weekend

RALEIGH, NC August 21, 2014 — The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign, a multi-agency initiative designed to combine law enforcement resources to ensure everyone can safely travel on highways and waterways during summer months, continues throughout Labor Day weekend. “There are dangerous consequences when an impaired driver gets behind the wheel of a car or boat,” said Capt. Todd Radabaugh with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “Think before you drink. Have a designated driver for the water and the road. Don’t let an arrest or accident spoil your end-of-summer fun.” On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive   The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign concentrates […]

Join Federation Advocate Mike Giles on a Rich Inlet Exploration

Join Federation Advocate Mike Giles on a Rich Inlet Exploration

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC August 17, 2014 – The N.C. Coastal Federation along with Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours Inc. will sponsor two boat trips with the federation’s Coastal Advocate Mike Giles and Capt. Joe Abbate to explore Rich Inlet and the Lea Island complex of shoals and sandbars north of Figure Eight Island. The first trip is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 29 and the other for Friday, Sept. 26. Both four-hour trips start at 8 a.m. The boat trips, part of the federation’s Coastal Adventures series, will explore diverse marine ecosystems, visit important birding areas and see first-hand the unspoiled Hutaff-Lea Island barrier island complex. Lunch will be provided aboard Abbate’s boat, Shamrock. “The trips will give people the chance to […]

Cruising, Clamming and Chowder with the North Carolina Coastal Federation

Cruising, Clamming and Chowder with the North Carolina Coastal Federation

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC August 11, 2014 – The N.C. Coastal Federation’s Local Bites: Coastal Culinary Adventures on Saturday, August 23, will include a day of boat cruising, clamming, beach combing and feasting. Attendees will enjoy a boat ride and hear stories about the delightful shorebirds and stunning coastal environment, including information about the federation’s restoration and preservation efforts along the southern N.C. coast. “We look for creative ways to help people experience first-hand the amazing environment that we share in the Cape Fear region,” says Tracy Skrabal, the manager of the federation’s office in Wrightsville Beach. “At the same time, we help them to understand that stewardship of our coast is everyone’s business, and each person can help us to […]

NC Wildlife Commission Proposes No-Wake Zone Changes on Mountain Island Lake

NC Wildlife Commission Proposes No-Wake Zone Changes on Mountain Island Lake

CHARLOTTE, NC August 8, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public hearing on Aug. 21 to take comments on adopting into its rules three no-wake zones established by the Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission and creating one new no-wake zone on Mountain Island Lake. The hearing, which begins at 3 p.m., will be held at Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church, located at 3413 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road in Charlotte. The three no-wake zones  established under Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission rules are at Neck Cove, Whispering Cove and Gar Creek. The proposal, if approved, will give Wildlife Resources Commission enforcement officers authority to enforce these no-wake zones. The Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission dissolved on June 30, 2014. […]

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Mountain Island Lake Gets 24-Hour TowBoatUS Coverage

Mountain Island Lake Gets 24-Hour TowBoatUS Coverage

On the Water Assistance When You Need It CHARLOTTE, NC, July 15, 2014 – For years, boaters and anglers stuck with a dead battery, dead engine or empty fuel tank out on Mountain Island Lake had to hope that someone would get them back to the boat launch or dock. That’s because the lake had no around-the-clock on water boat towing service. Local law enforcement only patrolled the lake on weekends and provided tows, which was also likely not the best use of the officer’s time or taxpayer dollars. That has all changed with the opening of TowBoatUS Mountain Island Lake, a 24-hour on water towing and assistance service for routine breakdowns. The new location is the third for Capt. […]

North Carolina Wildlife Commission Presents Angler with Lifetime Fishing License

North Carolina Wildlife Commission Presents Angler with Lifetime Fishing License

RALEIGH, NC July 11, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Neuse Sport Shop and the N.C. Council of Trout Unlimited, presented Riley Halstead, of Pilot Mountain, with a lifetime freshwater fishing license at the agency’s business meeting in Raleigh yesterday. Riley, 7, received her lifetime license as part of a statewide drawing for participants in 39 kids’ “Fish for Fun” events, which were in held in May and June in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2014. The Wildlife Commission also drew names for fishing-related prizes to send to 322 other young anglers across the state — from rods and reels and tackle boxes courtesy of Neuse Sport Shop to mini tackle boxes, T-shirts and fishing […]

National Safe Boating Week Proclamation
By May 1, 2014 Read More →

National Safe Boating Week Proclamation

Morehead City – In recognition of National Safe Boating Week 17 – 23 May, Mayor Gerald A “Jerry” Jones presented a Proclamation to Fort Macon Sail and Power Squadron Commander “JB” Bagby which declares this as the start of a year-long effort to promote safe and fun activities on the waters around the Cry stal Coast. Cdr Bagby expressed his gratitude to Mayor Jones for the continued recognition and support. “I think this is the seventh year we have done this together. An enlargement of your proclamation will be displayed in the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce window on Arendell Street during the month of May.” Cdr “JB” Bagby and Mayor Jones hold a poster board which is now displayed […]

NC Wildlife Commission Seeks Public Input for Pee Dee River Game Land Planning

NC Wildlife Commission Seeks Public Input for Pee Dee River Game Land Planning

ROCKINGHAM, NC March 25, 2014 — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting on April 3 in Rockingham to seek input in developing a management plan for the Pee Dee River Game Land in Richmond County. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Hinson Lake Rotary Lodge, located on 152 Hinson Lake Road. Wildlife Commission staff will use input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on the state-owned portions of the Pee Dee River Game Land for the next 10 years. This game land is located between Rockingham and Lilesville. Two tracts, encompassing approximately 2,270 acres, are popular for deer, turkey and small game hunting opportunities. “We are seeking input from all […]

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