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A fresh take on the region's salty affairs
By Jim Hawhee, APNEP
APNEP’s Raleigh offices are located in the Nature Research Center, part of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. Since its dedication in 2012, the building’s four-story stainless steel globe, known as the Daily Planet, has arguably become downtown Raleigh’s most iconic feature. The rest of the facility is no less impressive, teaching visitors “how we know” about the natural world.
Though we have long partnered with the museum’s world-class staff on projects, we’ve never fully taken advantage of their world-class facilities.
Therefore, we’re pleased to announce the Triangle Sound Series. Each month, from Earth Day in April to National Estuaries Week in September, APNEP will feature a speaker at the museum to explore the natural wonders of North Carolina’s sounds.
Hooking the region's best video clips
UNC TV's Exploring North Carolina highlights the state's marshes and explains why this habitat can be considered the beginning of the "cafeteria line" in the way it provides food for large fish like albacore, tuna, drum, and Spanish mackerel. Our coastal economy is dependent on the marsh ecosystem because we wouldn't have big fish, shrimp or oysters if we didn't have salt marsh. In the film, Liz Baird describes the marsh behind our barrier islands: "If we were to look at it from a plane and look down, I think of it as being the frame around the picture of the estuary".
News and information from the Albemarle-Pamlico region and beyond
Dare's Inlet and Waterways Commission votes not to disband
5/21/15 9:47 AMInstead of being dissolved, the Dare County Oregon Inlet and Waterways Commission is being reinvigorated with a more direct approach to Hatteras Inlet’s issues.
Conservation funds get budget boost
5/21/15 9:44 AMThe state House begins debate today on its version of the biennial budget, which features a hefty boost in spending for conservation and clean water projects.
Swimming advisory issued
5/20/15 4:21 PMAn advisory against swimming was posted Tuesday at a sound-side site in Carteret County, where state recreational water quality officials found bacteria levels in the water that exceed state and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality standards.
Blue crabs lead banner North Carolina fish catch
5/20/15 4:18 PMBlue crabs were the stars in a banner year for North Carolina commercial fishing.
Commercial catches are up for the first time in four years
5/20/15 4:19 PMNorth Carolina’s commercial fishing harvest increased by 23 percent in 2014, boosted by higher landings of blue crabs, spiny dogfish and summer flounder.
New taxes for fishermen; new purpose for occupancy taxes?
5/20/15 4:21 PMThe surface appeared calm, but there was a definite undercurrent this week as North Carolina General Assembly House committees began their work on the state’s 2015-16 fiscal year budget.
Commission to consider flounder limits
5/20/15 4:22 PMThe N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is to consider new catch limits on southern flounder when it meets here this week.
Free kids’ fishing event at Neuseway Nature Park on June 6
5/20/15 4:23 PMNeuseway Nature Park and Neuse Sport Shop will co-host a free fishing event on June 6 from 9 a.m. to noon for children ages 15 and younger at the park’s pond featuring a fishing pier, stocked catfish and a solar-powered fish feeder.
What is SEPA & how will it change?
5/20/15 4:23 PMIn the recent rush to approve bills before a self-imposed deadline, N.C. House lawmakers approved legislation that could transform a decades-old environmental law.
Have an idea?
APNEP can help get your environmental initiative off the ground, whether it is related to restoration, science, education, engagement, or policy. The first steps? Take a look at our CCMP and learn about our program, approach, and priorities. Then, contact a staff member to discuss ways that APNEP and its partners can support your efforts.