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Water sports including: boating, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling and more.

2015 Johnnie Mercer’s Pier Dogfish Tournament

2015 Johnnie Mercer’s Pier Dogfish Tournament

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC Dec. 18, 2014 – Matt Johnson, owner of Johnnie Mercer’s Pier has announced that the 2015 Johnnie Mercer’s Pier Dogfish Tournament will be held on January 24, from 1pm to 8 pm at his pier in Wrightsville Beach. This is the 10th year of the tournament and we are looking to make it special. One change this year is that there will be a raffle for a local animal shelter prior to the event and there will be a collection of pet treats for that shelter. Participants are asked to make a donation of a dog or cat treat if they desire. Last year with 100 anglers fishing the event only one fish was caught and was […]

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 […]

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 […]

Coastinista: Your Daily Cup of Conservation
By November 12, 2014 Read More →

Coastinista: Your Daily Cup of Conservation

Thanksgiving is coming up and it is a time to be grateful.  I am grateful for all of the great conservation efforts being made here in Eastern North Carolina and throughout our Atlantic Region.  I am grateful to live by the coast and be able to enjoy all of it’s splendor.  In order for us to keep enjoying the beauty and magic of a coastal community, it is up to us to protect and conserve our community environment. Here are some important conservation tips during the Thanksgiving holiday: 1.  Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! Reduce the amount of waste you produce by buying only as much as you need and choosing products that come in packaging that can be recycled. Carry […]

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 […]

Coastinista: Your Daily Cup of Coastal Conservation
By October 30, 2014 Read More →

Coastinista: Your Daily Cup of Coastal Conservation

Please allow me to introduce Coastinista, a new, and almost, daily cup of coastal conservation and eco-awareness here at Beach Carolina Magazine.    Let’s get right to it with your daily cup (pun intended today).  I was enjoying my morning cup of java this morning and it made me think of ways to reduce waste while caffeinating. Consider what type of coffee pot you use.  Is it plastic or metal and does it use single-use plastic cups or filters?  These considerations might not be at the top of your priority list when it comes to huge environmental impacts, but everything adds up.  Just take a tour of your local landfill and you will see just how much it adds up. […]

Coastal Conservation Away from Home: Tips and Tricks for your next Vacation!
By October 29, 2014 Read More →

Coastal Conservation Away from Home: Tips and Tricks for your next Vacation!

  Recycling away from home can be tricky, but is just as, if not more so, important than recycling at home. Recycling is key to making sure that materials do not end up in our ocean or in a landfill where they will stay forever, especially when it comes to marketable materials like metal and non-biodegradable materials like plastics! First thing is first, reduce or better yet eliminate the single use plastics like coffee cup lids, straws, and plastic water bottles (among’st other things). Travel with a reusable metal bottle or use the same plastic bottle over and over while on your vacation. Bring a bamboo or metal straw if you must or ask for no straw.  I always feel […]

PPD Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon & NHRMC 5K Brings More Than 2,000 Athletes

PPD Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon & NHRMC 5K Brings More Than 2,000 Athletes

WILMINGTON, NC Oct. 20, 2014 – On Saturday, Oct. 25, the seventh annual PPD Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon will bring nearly 2,300 athletes, along with their friends, family and trainers to Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. An additional 300 runners are expected to participate in the inaugural New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s 5K, held in conjunction with the triathlon. An estimated 8,000 spectators will cheer the athletes. The USAT-sanctioned PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run, and offers a half iron distance triathlon. The full triathlon will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the half distance begins at 8:30 a.m. with a swim in the channel at the southern tip of Wrightsville […]

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