NC Division of Marine Fisheries

We talk about the budget-tightening decision and how it will affect local fishermen.

You’ve heard the adage that oysters are safer to eat in months containing an “R.”  It’s February and local oysters are at their peak. Patricia Smith is the Public Information Officer for the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries. 

“That’s the time where basically they are not producing, and they are not producing, they are getting fatter.”

E. Woodward/UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

Research by a team of coastal scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Science is gaining national recognition.  The study looked at the rate at which oyster reefs grow and if they’ll be able to keep pace with rising sea levels.  After 10 years of study in coastal North Carolina, the results show that oyster reefs grow much faster than previously expected and can also be an effective way of slowing erosion.  Public Radio East's Jared Brumbaugh spoke with Dr.

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.

UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

We speak to an eastern North Carolina based scientist who is part of a research project aimed at changing federal regulations surrounding the harvest of oysters in our state.