endangered species

Sea to Shore Alliance - NOAA

The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered whales in our coastal waters, and, while we are making progress in recovering this species, it still faces numerous threats. Studies over the past 20 years have increased our understanding of right whale ecology and habitat needs. Based on this research, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is proposing to expand the existing critical habitat areas. Sarah Finch has more.

Commercial fishing license fees are set to go up by 25 percent next month to fund the NC Division of Marine Fisheries' Observer Program. We explain the program and explore how the fee increase may affect local commercial fisherman.

To see an entire list of license increases and their effective dates, click:  http://portal.ncdenr.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=91cc5776-e30f-43e7-b2a5-11cdb8a8c5a5&groupId=38337

"Coyote" Jerry Murray - photographer/USFWS "Red Wolf" Ryan Nordsven - photographer/USFWS.

It’s estimated that there are less than 100 red wolves in existence, and they roam a five county area in northeastern North Carolina.  Now, these small pockets are endangered further.  We explore the two most recent red wolf deaths in Washington County and the reward being offered for any information leading to an arrest.

After being declared an endangered species in the 1980's, wood stork populations are increasing and spreading across the southeast.  How human intervention, natural instinct and our coastal environment play into the recovery of the wood stork.

We examine a controversial North Carolina rule that some believe has contributed to the deaths of the rare and endangered Red Wolf.

"Coyote" Jerry Murray - photographer/USFWS
"Red Wolf" Ryan Nordsven - photographer/USFWS.