fishing

Camp Lejeune

Local waters around a training range in Onslow County may pose a threat to people attempting to harvest oysters, clams, crabs and fish.  Earlier this month, Camp Lejeune officials advised the public to avoid areas along the New River because of the possibility of unexploded munitions underwater.  While the military hasn’t officially restricted these waters, some commercial fishermen around Sneads Ferry are concerned it’s only a matter of time before they do. 

“People are scared around here, if you let them take that, they’re not going to stop with that.”

Pamela Malec Landrum, Roanoke Island Outfitters and Dive Center

The only way you’ll be able to cross the Bonner Bridge a couple years from now is if you’re underwater.  The span is planned to be demolished in Fall of 2018 and the construction debris will be used to enhance four artificial reefs near Oregon Inlet.  Today on the Down East Journal, how the Dare County project will benefit the environment and the economy.

Known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, our coastline is littered with hundreds of shipwrecks that serve as habitat for fish and invertebrates, like sponges and soft corals.  It’s what makes North Carolina a diving destination.

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. 

The population of large sharks have dropped significantly since the 1980s, posing a serious concern for fisheries and ecosystem management.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak to Coastal Scientist Dr. Joel Fodrie about his award winning research and the impact the decline of large sharks is having off the coast of North Carolina.  And, the Twin River Quilters Guild is holding their BEE BY THE RIVER quilt show in New Bern next weekend.  Those stories and more Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

The fishing industry is being asked to help collect abandoned fishing gear from Currituck Sound to Oregon Inlet.  This week on the Down East Journal, we talk about the cleanup project.  And, hazardous waste collection events are planned in New Bern and Bayboro this Saturday.  Details on the next Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

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

Commercial fishing license fees are set to go up by 25 percent next month to fund the NC Division of Marine Fisheries' Observer Program. This week on the Down East Journal, we explain the program and explore how the fee increase may affect local commercial fisherman.  And, we remember a forgotten community in New Bern that served as the social and cultural center of African American life in the early 1800’s.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

The sales of recreational fishing licenses pay for more than you think.  Jared Brumbaugh reports.