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.
Protecting shorelines with natural, vegetative barriers is not only better for the ecosystem, it’s a more effective means of slowing shoreline erosion. We speak to a local researcher about her work with “living shorelines.”
Public Radio East is a media sponsor for this weekend's first ever Oyster Shellabration in downtown Swansboro. The event includes an old-fashioned oyster roast, live music, and educational activities that show the importance of protecting coastal habitats. This week, Public Radio East's Jared Brumbaugh spoke with coastal scientists Dr. Lexia Weaver about the event and the organization's mission to preserve aquatic ecosystems in eastern North Carolina.
This week, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Services awarded North Carolina, three other states and two Caribbean nations 8 million dollars for coastal projects. The North Carolina Coastal Federation received $35,000 to work with fisherman to create new oyster reefs from recycled crab pots. Public Radio East’s Mac McKee has this.