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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 […]

Three Lakes in Jackson County Will Not Receive Fall Trout Stockings

Three Lakes in Jackson County Will Not Receive Fall Trout Stockings

RALEIGH, NC Oct. 7, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission cancelled trout stockings in three Jackson County lakes this fall because of low water levels resulting from maintenance work on dams. Bear, Wolf Creek and Tanassee lakes will not receive fall trout stockings because Duke Energy, which owns the lakes, is performing maintenance on the lakes’ dams and will draw down the water. Normal stockings will resume in spring after the work is completed and water levels return to normal. Although these three lakes will not be stocked this fall, anglers can fish other trout waters in Jackson County that will receive regularly scheduled trout stockings. These include Balsam Lake and the Delayed Harvest section of the Tuckasegee River. For […]

Posted in: Fishing, Raleigh NC
Peace of mind in the ocean: The first user-friendly shark deterrent band

Peace of mind in the ocean: The first user-friendly shark deterrent band

CHARLESTON, SC Oct. 7, 2014 –  Shark. Just one mention of the ancient jagged-toothed creature that lurks beneath the waves fascinates our culture as much as it inspires fear. This image is amplified annually through the beloved Sharkweek program, which has run for more than 25 years. People know the chances of a shark attack are minimal, but we have a hard time silencing the fear that we could be the unlucky one. Nathan and David Garrison, surfers, divers, and Co-founders of Mano (the Hawaiian word for Shark), say they and fellow surfers share a heightened fear of sharks because they spend so much time in the ocean. Nathan is quick to note, “We always hear the ‘lightning vs shark […]

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 […]

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Underwater Symposium – September 5 & 6

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Underwater Symposium – September 5 & 6

HATTERAS, NC August 15, 2014 – The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is hosting an Underwater Heritage Symposium bringing together state, local and regional professionals in the diving and underwater archaeology fields. The symposium takes place at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras on September 5 & 6, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The two-day symposium provides the opportunity to connect with leading experts that bring knowledge from the Graveyard of the Atlantic to the surface.   North Carolina Maritime Museum System Director, Joseph K. Schwarzer, opens the symposium that covers a wide variety of topics including near shore and offshore shipwreck diving, laws protecting underwater cultural heritage, technologies for marine science and ocean exploration and recreational […]

Charlotte Girl Reels in State Record Green Sunfish

Charlotte Girl Reels in State Record Green Sunfish

CRESTON, NC August 15, 2014 — It was a team effort that landed 13-year-old Victoria Navaroli a state record fish from a private pond in Creston. In the early morning hours of July 12, the 13-year-old Charlotte girl watched as her big brother Jack baited his hook with ¼ of a nightcrawler and then handed his fishing rod to her. Two casts later, Victoria reeled in the record-breaking green sunfish. The fish weighed 1 pound, 15 ounces and measured 12 inches in length, breaking the previous state record, held since 2008 by Sean Vanderburg, by 1 ounce. While some brothers might not appreciate the irony of handing over a rod and reel to watch a sibling reel in a state […]

Posted in: Charlotte NC, Fishing
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. […]

Posted in: Boating, Charlotte NC
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