North Carolina Coastal Federation
Coastal Happenings April 2015
Dear Friend of the Coast,

The dogwoods are blooming and the days are sunnier. For those of us who are weary of winter, these trademark signs of spring are welcomed.


At the federation, we're taking on some spring cleaning while we prepare for an event-filled summer. In the past few weeks, all three federation offices enjoyed some helping hands from alternative spring break groups. These students and community volunteers bagged oysters, cleared trails and organized materials for the Oyster Summit (a summary is included below). We're so thankful for their efforts!


As the seasons change, we invite you to include the federation in your summer plans. Consider our new summer camps, held in the Outer Banks, Wrighstville Beach and on the Crystal Coast, to share the love of the coast with your family. We also look forward to seeing you soon at one of our events, a few of which are listed here.


N.C. Coastal Federation Staff

Outer Banks Residents Say 'No' to Drilling

In an unprecedented turnout, more than 650 people attended an open house held by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in the Outer Banks. Local organizations, encouraged by the support, remain focused on opposing the proposal to open the Atlantic Coast to offshore oil and gas exploration. Continue reading.


Fixing the Coast is Good for the Economy

Restoring North Carolina's coastline infuses millions of dollars into the local economy according to a recent report by RTI International.

The report, which was completed in January, reveals how four N.C. Coastal Federation projects positively affected local communities by creating jobs, supporting local businesses and educating the public. Continue reading.


Oyster Summit Report

Almost 200 state legislators, commercial fishermen, mariculturists, government, academic, private and non-profit professionals met in Raleigh March 10-11 to explore the economic and environmental returns on investing in North Carolina's oyster restoration, enhancement and production. The Summit focused on exploring strategies and actions as outlined in the updated Oyster Blueprint for Action. Read the full report.


Coastal Society Social

The federation's Coastal Society will gather in Raleigh on Thursday, May 21 for a social and an update on the issue of offshore drilling on our coast. Click to learn more about the society, or contact Sarah King at [email protected] or 919-210-2617.


Todd Miller to speak at NC Coastal Conference

N.C. Sea Grant is hosting the N.C. Coastal Conference on Tuesday, April 14 at the McKimmon Center at N.C. State. An evening reception at the N.C. Museum of Natural Resources will follow. Todd will deliver remarks about the federation's numerous working partnerships with the University of North Carolina system to promote healthy coasts and communities. More details



Coastal Speaker Series

Wrightsville Beach


Coastal Adventure

Wrightsville Beach


17 only
Tickets are limited

April 18 Sold Out

Morehead City


17 & 23

Oyster Restoration

Carolina Beach State Park*


Earth Fair OBX IV
Jennette's Pier

Nags Head*


Birding Cruise
Hammocks Beach State Park




Crystal Coast Earth Day

Fort Macon State Park



Work on Wilmington

GE Partnership

Carolina Beach State Park



Birding Cruise

Wrightsville Beach


Coastal Adventure

Wrightsville Beach


Wine, Dine and Learn at Cafe Lachine

Nags Head


Coastal Speaker Series

Wrightsville Beach


Birding Cruise

Hammocks Beach State Park


Coastal Society Social



Coastal Cruise

Hammocks Beach State Park


Miss Hatteras Fishing Trip





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North Carolina Coastal Federation

3609 Highway 24 (Ocean) Newport, NC  28570 * 252-393-8185 *
Covering the coast with offices in Manteo, Ocean and Wrightsville Beach