Stories by Coastal Review Online

Manatee sightings in N.C. linked to recovery efforts in Florida

If the manatee population continues to grow and pregnant females return with their calves teaching them of the region’s ample summer food supplies, North Carolina could become a significant summer feeding area for Florida manatees.

May 16


New tsunami research rides on waves along the East Coast

Scientists looked at the water level records between 1996-2017 from 125 tide gauges along the eastern seaboard and found nearly 550 meteotsunamis had occurred in that 22-year period, including one during Hurricane Irma in 2017.

May 13


Atlantic offshore drilling put on hold by Interior Department

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt told The Wall Street Journal the department is waiting for decisions on appeals of a court order blocking offshore drilling in the Arctic before proceeding with drilling plans for the Atlantic.

Apr 25


Bill would bar wind farms from most coastal N.C. counties

The state senator who authored the now-expired moratorium on wind energy development in North Carolina has offered a “compromise” bill he says will alleviate risks to military training.

Mar 28


Study dispels argument that red wolves are coyote hybrids

Disparaged by some critics of the red wolf conservation program as “coy-wolves” unworthy of federal species protection, the red wolf now has official scientific backing that it is indeed its own separate wolf species.

Mar 29


Lawmakers taking another look at shelfish farming rules

The new bill would allow permitted shellfish nursery operators to, under certain times and conditions, transplant seed oysters and seed clams from areas where harvesting is otherwise prohibited or restricted.

Mar 25


Fight against seismic testing ramps up with another legal action

A group of conservation organizations this week asked a federal judge to block the start of any seismic exploration for oil and natural gas off the East Coast until after a pending legal challenge is heard in court.

Feb 21


Living shoreline aimed at protecting road Wright brothers used

In Kitty Hawk, the encroaching waters of Kitty Hawk Bay threaten to close Moor Shore Road, one of the oldest roads on the Outer Banks. Resident Amy Wells has watched the disappearing shoreline for a lifetime.

Feb 20


As floods worsen, tide is shifting in climate-change debate

For the past few years, inside and outside the walls of the state legislature, there’s been a noticeable shift in the conversation about climate change and its impact in North Carolina. Much of it stems from personal experiences, new research shows.

Feb 12


Dare asks Corps for OK to dredge Oregon Inlet year-round

Dare County wants the permit to operate the privately owned dredge it is partnering with to work at Oregon and Hatteras inlets. Building the dredge has been contracted, but work on it has not yet started.

Feb 6


Carter Witten takes command of the N.C. Marine Patrol

Carter Witten, most recently captain of the Wilmington Marine Patrol District and who spent part of his career in Dare and Hyde counties, was promoted Monday to colonel, becoming the Division of Marine Fisheries’ top law enforcement officer.

Feb 9


States, U.S. House Dems file bills to block offshore drilling

Seven Democrats in the House each introduced anti-drilling measures last Monday, the same day that lawmakers from nine states filed bills in their legislatures blocking or limiting new drilling off their coasts.

Jan 14