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The North Carolina Division of Coastal Management has approved the last of four applications from companies interested in conducting seismic surveys off the coast. Sarah Finch has more.

After three swimmers were attacked by sharks along the southeastern coast of North Carolina, the Town of Oak Island is considering a ban on shark fishing at their pier. Town officials have discussed a temporary ban that would prevent fishermen from luring sharks close to the pier until at least after Independence Day. Other piers across the coast, like Emerald Isle’s Bogue Inlet Pier, already restrict shark fishing for a variety of reasons. Assistant Manager Rhonda Wagner says it disrupts other kinds of fishing.

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Recent events have led to an interest in the 50 shark species that call our coast home.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with Assistant Professor at the Institute of Marine Sciences Dr. Joel Fodrie about how this apex predator is actually an integral part of the coastal ecosystem.  

Fortunately, dangerous interactions between humans and sharks are extremely rare.  The fact that three unprovoked shark attacks have happened along our coast within days of each other is also very unusual.   Now, many beachgoers are scared to enter the water.

Recent events have led to an interest in the 50 shark species that call our coast home.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with Assistant Professor at the Institute of Marine Sciences Dr. Joel Fodrie about how this apex predator is actually an integral part of the coastal ecosystem.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.  

This week on the Down East Journal, we take part in drone testing with the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort.  From tracking sea turtles off our coast to collecting information about marine debris, drones are proving beneficial to coastal scientists.  And, traffic congestion around Camp Lejeune has police cracking down on motorist blocking a major intersection. 

Scott Taylor - Duke Marine Lab

We take part in drone testing with the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort.  From tracking sea turtles off our coast to collecting information about marine debris, drones are proving beneficial to coastal scientists.

From Amazon’s package delivery drone to the Air Force’s mighty MQ-1 Predator, unmanned aerial vehicles come in a variety of shapes and sizes. At the coast, marine scientists are working on new ways to apply the technology, with promising results.

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Jacksonville Police are aggressively issuing citations to drivers who block major intersections during busy commuter periods along Lejeune Boulevard.  Sarah Finch has more.

Motorists in Jacksonville are all too familiar with traffic congestion, especially around Camp Lejeune in the morning and afternoon. And the problem didn’t get any better when the Marine Corp base closed one of their gates on May 27th.  Camp Lejeune Public Affairs Director Nat Fahy says they shut down the gate for security reasons, and to free up military personnel to manage other base entrances.

UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

Predicting the frequency and severity of coastal storms isn’t an exact science.  But a new North Carolina based partnership  is seeking to better predict and mitigate impacts from hurricanes and tropical storms.  Public Radio East’s Jared Brumbaugh has more.

Friends of Fort Macon

It's live music at the beach.  The Friends of Fort Macon Concert Series is happening again this year.  Public Radio East's Mac McKee speaks with President Tom Kelly about the free performances.

  Performance Schedule:

June 12   The Unknown Tongues
June 26   Scearce and Ketner
July 10   Wild Honey
July 17   The Morehead Brass
July 31   4EverAll
Aug 7   Samantha Casey and the Bluegrass Jam

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Greenville is one of the largest cities in eastern North Carolina.  Its changing landscape is the focus of a new exhibit which opened June 5th and will run through August 27th.  Sarah Finch has more.

Camp Lejeune

In a nation-wide push by the Marine Corps to reduce energy costs and consumption, Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point have begun training troops to cut down on power bills and bad habits. Sarah Finch has more.

NC Division of Marine Fisheries

Despite a downward trend, a recent report shows commercial fishing catch in 2014 was up.  Jared Brumbaugh speaks with North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Trip Ticket Program Coordinator Alan Bianchi about the latest numbers, which show a 23% increase over the previous year.

This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with the Chairman of Intersal, the company engaged in a legal battle over Blackbeard's flagship, The Queen Anne's Revenge.  And, an art exhibit in Greenville reimagines abandoned parts of the city.  Plus, we highlight a complex program aimed at understanding, predicting, and mitigating the impacts of hurricanes and tropical storms.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will begin demolishing the old bridges that run along Queen Street as early as July 8. The city of Kinston has long planned to renovate the bridges, and expects the project will be completed by April of 2016.

During the 10 intervening months, that section of Queen Street will be closed. Drivers will have to take a detour along King Street to reach Highway 70 from Skinner’s Bypass. The project has an estimated cost of $11 million.

As you know, every language has its own set of figures of speech, cliches, and colloquialisms—those quirky verbal bits that occur in all languages.  They are called tropes by the literati.  As a word, trope is muscling its way into popularity.  I expect it to replace all those other words in the way that venue has supplanted the words site and place.  Venue sounds classier, I suppose.

As Marine Corps bases across the nation try to reduce their carbon footprints and operating costs, Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune have started tackling the issue from the bottom up. This week on the Down East Journal, we hear how a team of Unit Energy Managers identify, initiate and improve individual energy practices at the unit level. The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.  

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has released their first-ever customer survey. Lee Jenkins has more.

The Department of Transportation began mailing a brand new customer survey to North Carolina residents just two weeks ago. The NCDOT designed the survey to measure customer satisfaction with state transportation services. Performance Metrics Director Ehren Meister says the survey takes a comprehensive look at North Carolina’s transportation system.

Five well owners near Goldsboro, who live close to a retired Duke Energy plant, have been warned not to use their water.  They fear nearby unlined coal ash basins could be contaminating their wells.  We hear from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the agency tasked with testing wells near the retired H.F. Lee plant and we hear from residents who attended a public meeting Tuesday evening. 

Folks across the state are concerned with water quality.  Especially after a storm water pipe burst at a retired 

A hybrid sport called "footgolf" is growing in popularity since it was introduced in the U.S. four years ago.  It's even spreading into eastern North Carolina with certified courses in Greenville, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount and Wilmington.  Whether you'd like to show off your footgolf skills or try it out for the first time, the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina is holding a footgolf tournament in Greenville on Saturday May 30th.  Proceeds from the event will support the non-profit.

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