BEAUFORT — Coastal stakeholders of all sorts met Tuesday through Friday at the Duke University Marine Lab to discuss marine debris and how to address it.
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EMERALD ISLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday it has approved a $44 million allocation to bolster the county’s Bogue Banks Beach Master Nourishment Plan, which establishes a schedule, with federal cost-sharing, for nourishing beaches on the island over a 50-year period.
Charleston, S.C. — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is phasing out traditional paper navigation charts, but one NOAA official says the chart for Carteret County should last through the year.
EMERALD ISLE — Bogue Banks’ next beach nourishment project is ready to roll, with dredging and pumping of sand set to begin the first week of February, a little earlier than originally planned.
MOREHEAD CITY — County health officials confirmed Friday that a raccoon displaying abnormal behavior Jan. 2 near Swinson Park tested positive for rabies.
MOREHEAD CITY — A SpaceX-affiliated ship visited the area for the first time since November, following a rocket-part recovery mission.
NEWPORT — With the month of December gone, so far the National Weather Service’s forecast for a warm winter has proven accurate.
HARKERS ISLAND — Mother Nature is doing her best to repair North Core Banks, closing many of the numerous small inlets Hurricane Dorian cut through the low-lying land as it moved along the coast in early September.
BEAUFORT — In an effort to protect more than 200 square miles of coastal fishing waters, county officials have waded into the ongoing discussion surrounding the reclassification of boundaries separating coastal and inland fishing waters.
EMERALD ISLE — The impact and direction of a hurricane is difficult to predict once formed, but predicting the severity of an entire Atlantic hurricane season is even more problematic.
BEAUFORT — The new Duke University Marine Lab vessel has come in, quite literally. The R/V Shearwater is docked along the Beaufort waterfront as of Tuesday.
MOREHEAD CITY — The recycling system across the U.S. is faltering, according to a report from Environment N.C., but in Carteret County, the public works director says recycling efforts are still going strong.
EMERALD ISLE — It’s taken 14 months, but town officials are getting ready to repair significant damage Hurricane Florence caused to the police department in September 2018.
MOREHEAD CITY — Anyone with an interest in how estuarine research reserves, including the local Rachel Carson reserve, are managed has an opportunity to provide input.
BEAUFORT — While county farmers lost most of their collard crops last year to Hurricane Florence, residents can look forward to bountiful offerings of the local favorite this year, especially for Thanksgiving.
BEAUFORT — For about five years, the Duke University Marine Lab has been without a large research vessel, but that’s going to change this month.
PINE KNOLL SHORES — Although Carteret County occupancy tax revenues were down 14% percent in June and 12% percent in July compared to 2018, August collections were up 16% and county officials are hoping the upward trend will continue when September figures are in.
CORRECTION: This story was updated Oct. 26 to reflect that the amount of debris found in the whale's stomach was an estimation.
BEAUFORT — A commercial fishing advocacy group has dropped its civil complaint against the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission that alleged the commission had violated the N.C. Open Meetings Law.
CAPE LOOKOUT — Hurricane Dorian in early September cut more than 50 new inlets through North Core Banks, and Cape Lookout National Seashore Superintendent Jeff West said Thursday it’s going to be a long time before the fragile banks return to anything like normal.
CEDAR ISLAND — A manager of the Cedar Island wild horse herd said more than half the animals are presumed dead due to Hurricane Dorian-related storm surge.
PINE KNOLL SHORES — Bogue Banks beaches lost about 3.6 million cubic yards of sand during Hurricane Florence in September 2018 and continued to lose more after the storm, up through the spring of this year.