Stories by Coastal Review Online

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.

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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

Full schedule of Earth Day activities, cleanups along N.C. coast

A variety of events are set from Corolla to Calabash to celebrate Earth Day 2018 on April 22. This year's theme is End Plastic Pollution, centered on a campaign to build support for eliminating single-use plastics and regulating disposal.

Apr 17

Trump: New Bonner Bridge shows need for regulatory rollbacks

The White House is pointing to the Bonner Bridge replacement as an example of how his administration’s cuts to environmental review requirements would speed up major infrastructure projects. But environmental advocates aren’t buying it.

Apr 12

Study’s ferry-route cuts, fare increases draw a cool response

The proposal said the state could save $1.5 million by reducing the number of crossings and another $1.7 million through fare increases. Most of the savings would come from dropping 12 daily crossings for the Hatteras-Ocracoke route.

Apr 4

‘Don’t Drill!’ reverberates in Raleigh as local crowd joins protest

Busloads of coastal residents descended on Raleigh Monday to register their opposition to offshore drilling as federal officials hosted a public meeting on the Trump administration’s oil and gas leasing plan.

Feb 27

Groups charter buses for Raleigh meeting on offshore drilling

The North Carolina Coastal Federation and 13 other groups opposed to offshore drilling have chartered buses to make it easier for coastal residents to attend the only public meeting in N.C. on the proposal to allow drilling off the coast.

Feb 8

Study of NCDOT Ferry Division eyes raising fares, cutting runs

The 45-page report, commissioned last year by the General Assembly, recommends that the DOT evaluate crossing schedules for each route and draft a new long-range plan that could revamp route pricing methods.

Jan 24