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A fresh take on the region's salty affairs
By: Jim Hawhee & Marie English, APNEP
In North Carolina and Virginia we love basketball almost as much as we love the sounds. Since everyone seems to be an amateur bracketologist, we’re providing one more bracket to complete this March.
During Marsh Madness we’ll highlight the most iconic species of our sounds on Facebook and Twitter. Sixteen species will face off in an old-fashioned popularity contest.
Hooking the region's best video clips
What makes an oyster reef restoration effort successful? Why do we even care about restoring these habitats? Researchers from UNC's Institute of Marine Sciences address these questions in this video highlighting one of NC's greatest natural resources. Due to the pressures of overfishing, poor water quality, and disease, oyster populations in NC have declined considerably. Watch this video to learn more about research on successfully restoring oyster reefs in the Albemarle-Pamlico estuary.
News and information from the Albemarle-Pamlico region and beyond
Proposal calls on state to reconsider privatizing ferry system
3/26/15 10:47 AMState Sen. Bill Rabon and two other Republican leaders on transportation issues want the N.C. Department of Transportation to take another look at privatizing the state-owned and operated ferry system.
Saltwater intrusion: The parts you can't see
3/26/15 10:42 AMAs saltwater moves increasingly farther into North Carolina’s coastal plain, there will be changes to the landscape that we can see, like dead-standing trees, and many that we cannot.
NC scientist discovers faster method for testing shellfish
3/26/15 10:31 AMA new method to rapidly test shellfish for harmful bacteria has been discovered in eastern North Carolina.
What causes dolphins and whales to strand along the coast?
3/25/15 8:57 AMIt was not a pretty sight for David Mickey and Sue Dayton the fall day they came upon a large dark object on the beach.
Study looks to locals on saltwater intrusion
3/25/15 8:56 AMSaltwater is creeping farther inland into the soil and surface waters of North Carolina’s coastal plain.
Bay Program releases plans to achieve restoration goals
3/24/15 10:57 AMBay cleanup partners now have a clear idea of what it will take to meet their goals to improve stream health, increase black duck populations, expand urban tree cover and achieve more than two dozen other Bay restoration objectives.
Recent marine mammal strandings are really no big mystery
3/24/15 10:40 AMDespite social media theories about seismic testing, military sonar and mysterious coastal booms, strandings of marine mammals like those reported along the Outer Banks recently are not unusual during the winter months, according to the local group that responds to the incidents.
Saltwater intrusion is changing coast
3/24/15 10:07 AMWhile the ocean is knocking at the front door of some beachfront homes and hotels in North Carolina, the forests across the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds are retreating from the shoreline.
FEMA to states: No money without climate plan
3/23/15 11:18 AMGovernors seeking billions of dollars in U.S. preparedness funds will have to sign off on plans to mitigate the effects of climate change, according to a new policy announced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.
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