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ENC Features
10:31 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Art Made From Marine Debris This Week In Morehead City

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.

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The Down East Journal
12:19 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

The Down East Journal (11/28/14)

This week on the Down East Journal, the results are in from the latest wild turkey observation survey.  We speak with wildlife biologist Chris Kreh about the annual report and about North Carolina’s rebounding turkey population.  And, we highlight a free event commemorating the 92nd anniversary of the Great Fire of New Bern in 1922.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

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ENC Features
12:12 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

New Research Finds Estuaries "Burp" CO2

Instruments measuring CO2 concentrations in the water and air.
Credit J. Crosswell, A. Joyner

Large bodies of water like the Pamlico Sound absorb carbon dioxide like a sponge.  But when a tropical storm or hurricane hits, it agitates the water releasing extensive amounts of CO2 into the air. We speak to a coastal scientist about the harmful effects of “burping estuaries.”  

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ENC Regional News
11:21 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Fish Kill In The Neuse River

Photo by ModMon sampling crew yesterday near Flanner’s Beach where the fish kill occurred.
Credit Betsy Abare, UNC-CH Institute of Marine Sciences, Morehead City, NC

Tens of thousands of dead fish have washed up on the banks of the Neuse River.  Jared Brumbaugh has this. 

The fish kill at Flanner’s Beach started during the Labor Day weekend and was reported to the Neuse Riverkeeper Alliance Tuesday.  Travis Graves is the Lower Neuse Riverkeeper.

“100 percent of the fish I saw were on Flanner’s Beach were menhaden between the peanut size up to even the one year old and two year old.”

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ENC Features
11:01 am
Wed September 3, 2014

The Down East Journal (09/05/14)

Large bodies of water like the Pamlico Sound absorb carbon dioxide like a sponge.  But when a tropical storm or hurricane hits, it agitates the water releasing extensive amounts of CO2 into the air.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak to a coastal scientist about the harmful effects of “burping estuaries.”  And, we’ll talk about plans for a new children’s museum in Jacksonville.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

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ENC Features
10:10 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Sea Level Anomolies Cause Extensive Erosion at NC Beaches

Credit Stephen Fegley

Officials in North Topsail Beach called a special meeting just last week to address the loss of 900 feet of dunes.  It’s thought that winter storms and two hurricanes are the cause of erosion.  But there may be another contributor.  A team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Sciences recently published results of a multi year study conducted in Onslow County that found sea level anomalies, or periods of higher-than-normal water levels, can cause extensive erosion.   This week, I spoke with Ph.

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ENC Features
9:03 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Study Finds Oyster Reefs Keep Pace With Rising Sea Levels

Credit 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.

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ENC Features
10:50 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Local Scientists Explore Wind Energy Development

Credit NOAA

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.

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ENC Features
9:42 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Beneath The Waves Film Festival

Credit UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

On April 5th, the Beneath The Waves Film Festival takes place at the coast.  The festival includes a variety of films highlighting coastal issues, a panel discussion with local scientists, and booths showcasing marine science that happens in Carteret County.

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ENC Features
11:51 am
Fri March 21, 2014

NC Scientists Study Offshore Wind Energy Potential

Credit UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

Coastal scientists are hoping to deploy two buoys in April to explore wind energy potential off the coast of North Carolina.  

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The Down East Journal
9:04 am
Tue February 4, 2014

The Down East Journal (01/31/14)

This week on the Down East Journal, a workshop on February 20th aims to connect K-12 teachers with local environmental scientists to help students learn coastal biology lessons.  We visit a 3rd grade class at the Tiller School in Beaufort where scientists are teaching students about coastal ecology and food chains.  And, the North Carolina Symphony will make a stop in New Bern next week where they will perform one of the most powerful pieces of music ever written, Beethoven's 5th Symphony.

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