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Fisheries

VA - Finding flounder in a changing ocean

Researchers are collaborating with stakeholders to understand how changes in summer flounder distribution and population dynamics are impacting the fishing industry in Virginia.

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Local

SC - Low tide reveals approx. 80,000-year-old fossil along Myrtle Beach coast

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — When you think of the word "fossil" what comes to mind? Massive bones of prehistoric predators displayed in museums? Ancient shells of snails found on the rocks in your local creek? Maybe even an insect trapped in the warm orange hue of fossilized amber?

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

NC - Court upholds that trawling doesn't violate Clean Water Act

Commercial shrimpers can continue to harvest by trawler in the Pamlico Sound without a Clean Water Act permit, and the state will continue to manage its fisheries.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

SC - DISAPPEARING ISLAND: ECU faculty, students are studying the impact of erosion on Sugarloaf Island

There’s nothing like being at the beach in the summer. The sun is shining, the water is sparkling and the science is flowing. Yes, summertime at the beach is synonymous with science, at least when East Carolina University researchers are out in full force.

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Local

SC - Beach restoration hits a snag

While the City of Isle of Palms has recently secured a state permit and grant to initiate dune restoration between 114 and 304 Ocean Blvd., the refusal on the part of some property owners to play ball is creating a less-than-ideal scenario in Council’s efforts to protect against high waves and/or storm surge.

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Advocacy

VA - Is there any way to stem the tide of fiberglass pollution from aging and discarded boats fouling marine ecosystems?

Several solutions can help manage the process of proper fiberglass boat disposal. One of the most effective solutions is proper disposal at an authorized facility. Authorized facilities are aware of the hazardous materials used in fiberglass boats and are equipped to dispose of them safely. These facilities can also collect, store and recycle fiberglass scrap for reuse or resale.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

SC - Opinion: Conserve Captain Sams Spit, one of SC's few pristine beaches

As we wade through the peak of South Carolina’s beach season, we urge state lawmakers and the conservation community to find a way to protect one of the most beautiful and sensitive parts of our coast: Captain Sams Spit at the southern tip of Kiawah Island.

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Advocacy

SC - Editorial: New public sand shouldn’t mean new private sandcastles

Folly Beach’s name may never seem more fitting than when one learns about a fresh legal battle playing out there — a battle that ultimately will decide if taxpayer-funded beach renourishment opens the door for public land to be converted back into private property whose owners may then build new homes on lots previously under water. The city and its allies should ensure this doesn’t happen.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

MA - Intervention brings brown pelican back from the brink

I was in North Carolina the first time I saw a brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) and was immediately taken by this odd bird. Brown pelicans may look gawky on land, but when they take to the skies, they fly with elegance.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

N.C. Coastal Federation gets grant to help pay for construction of new center

OCEAN — The N.C. Carolina Coastal Federation announced Wednesday it has received a $50,000 grant from Truist Financial Corporation. The grant, made through the Truist Charitable Fund, a donor-advised fund at The Winston-Salem Foundation, will support the establishment of a new facility, the Center for Coastal Protection and Restoration, in the unincorporated community of Ocean.

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Property

VA - An Outer Banks town is falling into the ocean. Can Rodanthe be saved?

Ralph Patricelli bought his oceanfront home in Rodanthe in September 2021 knowing it was on borrowed time. Other beachfront homes in the neighborhood had already fallen into the Atlantic Ocean, victims of years of erosion and constant storms sweeping Hatteras Island. Patricelli knew eventually, he’d have to move his second home back from the ocean.

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Energy

NC - Gov. Roy Cooper reacts after U.S. skips North Carolina for new offshore wind areas

Gov. Roy Cooper says he's disappointed with the federal government's decision to exclude two sites off North Carolina from a new round of offshore wind leasing areas.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - NCDOT Turns to Living Shorelines to Protect Roads from Rising Seas

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is turning to nature-based solutions to protect an important causeway from rising seas and stronger storms.

Caribbean
Science

USA - Could your sunscreen be contributing to beach erosion?

Craig Downs’ 2015 study linked chemical sunscreens to coral reef harm

Mid-Atlantic
Local

NC - As decision on Topsail family compound stays in limbo, developers map out full strategy

It's coming up on a year since a tech entrepreneur presented an idea to build a family compound on the southern end of Topsail Island, but it may take a while for a final decision.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - $21.6 million in emergency funding approved for Wrightsville Beach renourishment (with beach project news compilation)

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — Sand is one step closer to being deposited on Wrightsville Beach after months of stalling and back of forths on action plans.

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Science

USA - Scientists face impossible choice over preservation of priceless blue crab blood: Let vital medicines wither or an endangered bird

A primordial sea animal that lives on the tidal mudflats of the East Coast and serves as a linchpin for the production of vital medicines stands to benefit from new protective standards.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

SC - Editorial: South Carolina needs to get serious about new wetlands protection

Two significant recent events should work together to push the issue of protecting South Carolina’s isolated wetlands toward the top of lawmakers’ agendas for the coming year.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Cape Hatteras National Seashore reports nearly 1,200,000 visitors during the first six months of 2023

With 1,192,372 visitors recorded from January through June, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) is on track to have another busy year in 2023.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

NC - Rules panel sets Aug. 15 deadline on plan for beach mats

Ahh, the beach walkover. They’re as common along North Carolina’s developed ocean shorelines as seashells scattered on the sand. These typically wooden structures built to link private properties to the beach could, like the waters at low tide, eventually fade from shores.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

USA - Analysis: Farm Act strips wetland safeguards, mitigation

First of two parts. - Nearly a month has passed since the North Carolina legislature overrode Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the annual Farm Bill that includes a provision boxing in how the state can define and, ultimately, protect wetlands.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

VA - USACE issues Public Notice for Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) Commercial Project

The applicant, Dominion Energy Virginia, proposes to construct a 2,587-megawatt (MW) offshore wind project, known as the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) Commercial Project, located within the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Virginia, which will include associated infrastructure within the cities of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Virginia.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

SC - Charleston city councilman wants to test seawall support with a citywide referendum

As a proposed seawall to protect the Charleston peninsula inches through a complex approval process, one City Council member wants to bring the topic back into the public eye with a citywide vote.

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