Coastwatch Currents

2014 Outer Banks Seafood Festival

By E-Ching Lee North Carolina Sea Grant has been out and about at local seafood festivals along the coast this autumn. Sea Grant staff had a fun time meeting everyone who come out to enjoy the food and atmosphere. If you didn’t make it out there this year, we set up a mock seafood market […]


By Sara Mirabilio In case you haven’t noticed, in the past few weeks, the airwaves and cyberspace have been awash with features on a California farmer who is growing pumpkins that are shaped like a Frankenstein head. Tony Dighera grew about 5,500 frankenpumpkins this year on his farm in Southern California. The trick: At just […]

Rogers Offers Coastal Construction 101

By Pam Smith Has the 60th anniversary of Hurricane Hazel on Oct. 15 prompted you to think about current coastal construction? Spencer Rogers, North Carolina Sea Grant’s coastal construction and erosion specialist, has good advice for anyone living — or considering living — on the coast: Remember, there is no such thing as a hurricane-proof […]

Major Legislative Updates from 2013-2014 Session, Part II

This is a guide to direct researchers, scientists, lawyers, and other professionals interested in coastal law and policy issues. The guide separates legislative materials into two categories: (1) Session Laws and (2) new and amended legislation enacted as a part of the 2014 State Budget. Part II summarizes provisions from the 2014 State Budget that have general application to environmental law and policy in North Carolina. While these provisions have application to the coastal region, they also have wider applicability. Please see also Part I, which summarizes the Session Laws and provisions from the State Budget that relate more specifically to coastal law and policy.

NC Sea Grant is a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador!

Are you ready to Be A Force of Nature? North Carolina Sea Grant is! On August 29, 2014, North Carolina Sea Grant became the latest Sea Grant program accepted to NOAA’s Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors Initiative!