The saying what goes around comes around is true for marine debris and plastics that end up in the coastal waters of North Carolina and eventually wash up on beaches or are ingested by fish, sea turtles and other aquatic animals. A traveling exhibit makes a stop in Morehead City December 1st through the 4th to raise awareness of the impact marine debris has on wildlife. Jared Brumbaugh speaks with professor at University of North Carolina's Institute of Marine Sciences Dr. Rachel Nobel about the exhibit and the featured artist.
Sea turtle nesting season along the North Carolina coast is usually three and a half months long, May to mid-August. Although sea turtle nests are still being counted, the number of nests along our coast this year is down. As of Wednesday Sept. 10th, there were 554 nests counted so far. The average is about 750 nests annually. Jared Brumbaugh speaks with State Sea Turtle Biologist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Matthew Godfrey about why the numbers are so low and how they collect their information on sea turtle nests.
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.
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.
This is the time of the year when baby sea turtles begin to hatch and make their way toward the ocean. But not all of them will make it. This week on the Down East Journal, we visit the North Carolina Aquarium and talk about their efforts to rescue, rehabilitate and educate the public about this threatened reptile. Catch the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East, News and Ideas.