Table of Contents

From the Executive Director:
Building on Strengths, Keeping an Eye on Opportunities

North Carolina Sea Grant Executive Director Susan White considers how the program will continue to move forward in 2018.

Farming Coastal Waters: Applied Research Supports Oyster Growers

Photographer Baxter Miller and writer Katie Mosher show how expertise from North Carolina Sea Grant contributes to the state’s growing oyster farming industry.

A Captain’s Journey

An excerpt from Bland Simpson’s Two Captains from Carolina highlights a pivotal moment for Moses Grandy, an accomplished African American mariner born in the antebellum South.

Menhaden: Big Questions About Little Fish

Jane Harrison charts the socioeconomic impact of the Atlantic menhaden fishery on East Coast states, and how policy changes might affect the industry.

A River of Woes

Julie Leibach explains how the discovery of the synthetic chemical GenX in some N.C. drinking water represents a bigger challenge to public and environmental health.

Bundle Up and Explore: Coastal Winter Adventures

Make the most of your winter travels with these suggestions from Danielle Costantini.

Mariner’s Menu:
Bon Voyage!

Vanda Lewis shares three fish recipes before sailing off into retirement.

Coastal Landscapes:
Initiative Highlights Planning & Planting Strategies

A multi-partner project aims to enhance community and private landscapes through thoughtful plantings and educational outreach.

People and Places:
Ocracoke’s Brogue: Sounds Past & Present

Marisa Incremona investigates how Ocracoke’s unique English dialect has evolved with the island’s changing demographics.

Last Word:
Of the Essence

A poem by Cynthia M. Sharpe is a reminder to reflect on years past — and lessons learned — while also looking ahead.