Stories by Coastal Review Online

Coastal Review Online from Down East: ‘We have work to do’

Sunrise revealed broken or toppled trees had penetrated homes, mangled trucks and cars and stretched or snapped power lines every so many doors up and down each street.


Reopening Nags Head lab will greatly expand water testing

With the northeast lab re-established in Nags Head, there’s the possibility of reopening about 54,000 acres of shellfish waters that have been closed since the lab was shuttered in 2014 for lack of money.

Aug 23

Contractor for Dare County dredge to be chosen this month

The plan is for a private-public partnership. A  forgivable loan would be offered to the owner/operator in exchange for discounts on dredging. The dredge would mostly be used in Oregon Inlet and Hatteras Inlet in Dare County.

Aug 14

Photos sought of upcoming King Tide, last one of 2018

The N.C. King Tides Project is asking those who experience king tides to snap photos of high water and email them to

Aug 9

Targeted alligator hunt by permit approved for Hyde County

County officials requested a targeted hunt to reduce the number of alligators in Swan Quarter, Fairfield and Engelhard, three areas with frequent alligator conflicts. It was approved by the state on July 12.

Jul 24

‘Secret Token’ casts new light on Lost Colony mystery

Journalist and science writer Andrew Lawler new book, The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke, guides the reader on a wide-eyed journey of discovery about the four centuries old mystery.

Jul 17

Coastal changes OK’d in whirlwind General Assembly session

The week ended with approval of controversial coastal stormwater changes, a stalemate over legislation to expand the shellfish industry and rejection of a plan to allow beer and wine sales on the passenger ferry between Ocracoke and Hatteras.

Jun 18

NOAA: Number of overfished domestic species at all-time low

According to the 2017 Status of U.S. Fisheries report to Congress, NOAA Fisheries announced Thursday that 91 percent of stocks were not subject to overfishing and 87 percent of stocks were not overfished.

May 20

Hands Across The Sand oil drilling protests this Saturday

From Nags Head to Sunset Beach, there are about a dozen events planned on the coast, part of 113 synchronized events across 17 states and seven countries in protest against planned drilling for oil and gas offshore.

May 17

Red wolf still listed as endangered, but prospects look dim

During a month filled with news about red wolves, the death of a captive red wolf pup in late April is symbolic of the arc of hope and despair for the fate of the endangered species.

May 8

Nags Head offering prizes to residents for litter cleanup

Nags Head residents and property owners are eligible to win by cleaning up an area of town by April 30 and send photos to the town, which is offering prizes to those who pick up the most litter and the person who finds the weirdest item.

Apr 25

USDA to remove feral swine from Currituck Banks Reserve

The Currituck Banks Reserve will be closed to the public April 23-27 while the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program performs an aerial wildlife damage management operation for feral swine.

Apr 20