ENC Features

ENC Features
3:14 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Gallants Channel Bridge Construction Ahead Of Schedule

A rendering of the completed Gallants Channel bridge
Credit http://www.beaufortbridgefacts.org/

We hear an update on the construction of the high rise bridge from Morehead City to Beaufort.  

Communing between the coastal communities of Beaufort and Morehead City will be a lot less stressful once a new high rise bridge is operational over Gallants Channel.   The project, which has been in the works for 20 years, is well on its way to completion.

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ENC Features
11:35 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Greenville Shelter Opens Its Doors

Over 60 residents have a new place to call home. A 2.2 million dollar facility recently opened its doors in Greenville. The high-tech shelter is called Community Crossroads Place. Sarah Finch speaks with the Executive Director Bob Williams about how the new space will help them better serve the homeless in Pitt County. 

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ENC Features
10:26 am
Mon July 20, 2015

ConnectNC Seeks To Enhance State Parks and Museums

"Breaking the Waves" at Hammocks Beach State Park
Credit R. Evans, North Carolina State Parks

Parks and museums across the state have begun preparing for Governor McCrory’s Connect NC investment program and the funding it would provide them.  Lee Jenkins spoke with the directors for Hammocks Beach Park and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum about what the program would mean for their facilities.

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ENC Features
11:12 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Red Algae A Problem Along Southeastern North Carolina Coast

Gracilaria vermiculophylla growing on mudflats in the Zeke’s Basin Reserve
Credit Byron Toothman, North Carolina Coastal Reserve

Large floating mats of red algae continue to wash up on some parts of the coast choking out native plants and animal species. This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with North Carolina Coastal Reserve Research Biologist Byron Toothman about the impacts of this quickly-growing, invasive seaweed and how it’s altering our coastal ecosystem.  

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ENC Features
1:08 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

ENC Groups Partner To Protect Pollinators

Credit UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

It's summer-time, the flowers are in bloom and butterflies and bees are doing what they’ve always done.  But there’s been a decline in their numbers here in North Carolina and around the United States.  A new federal plan aims to reverse trend with an “all hands on deck” approach. Sarah Finch has more.

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ENC Features
1:03 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Local Researcher Aims To Bolster Black Sea Bass Fishery

Credit UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

Black sea bass are making a comeback in North Carolina after the species was overfished a decade ago.  We visit the Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City where they’re using ear bones from hundreds of black sea bass to learn which habitats along our coast best support the fishery. 

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ENC Features
9:18 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Hoax Calls To US Coast Guard A Serious Offense

Credit U.S. Coast Guard

When the U.S. Coast Guard responds to an emergency off the North Carolina coast, they don’t expect the call for help to be a hoax.  Unfortunately, these events occur more than you think.  Responding to false distress calls is not only expensive, it can put rescue personnel in dangerous situations. A local man was recently sentenced to prison for making hoax calls to the U.S. Coast Guard in October 2013.  Sarah Finch has more.

It’s the familiar fable of the boy who cried wolf, but in this case, with very costly consequences.

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ENC Features
9:11 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Veterans Book Club Meets In Havelock

The North Carolina Humanities Council is hosting a five week book group offering local veterans a place to share experiences  and connect with veterans in discussion of literature related to war and homecoming.  Mac McKee speaks with Executive Director Paula Watkins about the bi-monthly program at the Havelock-Craven County Public Library.

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ENC Features
11:48 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Emergency Services Summer Camp In Jacksonville

We visit a summer camp where teens learn “hands-on” how emergency responders are trained to handle crisis situations.

“I want to be a pediatrics orthopedic surgeon.  So I’m here for like the feel of the field.”

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ENC Features
11:54 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Final Application Approved For Seismic Surveys Off NC Coast

Seismic survey vessel towing an air source array and acoustic receivers called hydrophones.
Credit International Association of Geophysical Contractors

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.

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ENC Features
12:11 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Despite Growing Fears, Sharks Are Integral To Coastal Ecosystem

measuring an Atlantic sharpnose shark - Rhizoprionodon terraenovae
Credit E. Woodward/ UNC Institute of Marine Sciences.

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.

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ENC Features
11:54 am
Mon June 15, 2015

The Down East Journal (06/12/15)

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. 

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ENC Features
11:25 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Coastal Researchers Are Testing Drones In Beaufort

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Marine Conservation and Ecology at the Duke Marine Lab Dave Johnston explains how the drone works to his technical and undergraduate students.
Credit 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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ENC Features
10:16 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Jacksonville Police Cracking Down On Traffic Violators

The intersection of Lejeune and Western Blvd. Traffic is bottlenecking as motorist turn left to access Tarawa Terrace gate 2.
Credit Googe Earth

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.

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ENC Features
9:31 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Local Scientist Leads Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence

Dr. Rick Leuttich, director of the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences and the UNC Center for Natural Hazards and Disasters, uses computer modeling to predict storm surge from hurricanes and the areas effected.
Credit 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.

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ENC Features
9:18 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Summer Concert Series At The Coast

Scearce & Ketner performing at Fort Macon in 2011.
Credit 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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ENC Features
9:06 am
Tue June 9, 2015

New Art Exhibit Opens In Greenville

Credit Contributed Photo

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.

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ENC Features
2:30 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

Marine Corps Bases In ENC Reducing Carbon Footprint

Credit 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.

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ENC Features
2:21 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

NC Commercial Fishing Harvest Up In 2014

According to the NC Division of Marine Fisheries, the blue crab is common to all North Carolina coastal waters, but the largest populations tend to live in the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds.
Credit 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.

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11:20 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Footgolf Tournament In Greenville This Weekend

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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