Michael Voiland, executive director of North Carolina Sea Grant, will chair the 21-member Waterfront Access Study Committee authorized by the N.C. General Assembly.

Recommended by the joint Legislative Commission on Seafood and Aquaculture, the new committee will “study the degree of loss and potential loss of diversity of uses along the coastal shoreline of North Carolina and how these losses impact access to the public trust waters of the state.” Other committee members will be:

Voiland expects the committee to hold its first meeting this fall, once necessary appointments are made. Check for updates at

The study committee will have administrative and professional support from Sea Grant, and the N.C. Coastal Resources Law, Planning, and Policy Center.

The committee’s tasks include:

A draft report will be shared in three public hearings along the coast. The panel’s final report is due to the legislature by April 5, 2007.

This article was published in the Autumn 2006 issue of Coastwatch.

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