This week, local researchers embarked on a 10-day mission off the coast of North Carolina to map the ocean floor. The new data may reveal areas where offshore wind energy development could occur with minimal impacts to sensitive fish habitats and ocean resources. We’ll have more on the research project, this week on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.
This week, fisherman and divers in the Carolinas are learning about the invasion of lionfish and how to deal with them. The environmental non-profit REEF is holding free classes to teach people about lionfish collecting and handling, lionfish biology, and ecological impacts. I spoke with communications and affiliate program manager Keri Kanning about the workshop and about how lionfish came to be a problem for North Carolina's native fish population.
This week on the Down East Journal, the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced they’re implementing an initiative to expedite disability compensation claims for Veterans who have waited a year or more. And, a project to help restore declining fish populations is underway along the Cape Fear River. We’ll explain how crushed granite will be the basis for a new fish habitat.