North Carolina Sea Grant

May 13, 2016 |

By E-Ching Lee

Posted May 13, 2016

North Carolina Sea Grant has added some topic-specific pages to the website. Online visitors now can find resources on citizen science, marine aquaculture and oysters.

People picking up trash on the beach

Volunteers help keep Rachel Carson Reserve clean. Photo by N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve.

The citizen science page,, addresses legal issues — intellectual property, liability and trespass — facing scientists and their project volunteers. The page provides three fact sheets and a white paper, written specifically for coastal and marine scientists in North Carolina. The documents were authored by Lisa Schiavinato, Sea Grant coastal law, policy and community development specialist, and coastal law fellows Tyler O’Hara and Nicholas Decker. For questions, contact Schiavinato at or 919-515-1895.

Man sorting oysters on a lease

An aquaculture operation in central North Carolina. Photo by Chuck Weirich

Chuck Weirich, Sea Grant’s marine aquaculture specialist, developed the marine aquaculture page,, as a one-stop shop for individuals interested in starting a marine aquaculture business. The page is intended to be a guide through the permitting, growing and selling process. Currently, information is geared toward shellfish aquaculture but Weirich plans to add details about other types of marine aquaculture. Contact him at or 252-222-6314 for more or with your suggestions for material.

close up of oyster reef

Oyster reef. Photo by Emily Woodward

The oyster page,, links to stories, reports and a visual map to help readers understand the state — past, present and future — of oysters in North Carolina. Look for a future Coastwatch story about the oyster map, developed by Jane Harrison, Sea Grant coastal economist, and graduate student Jenny Holder. For more information, contact Harrison at or 919-513-0122.

These pages are all works in progress. Sea Grant staff will continue to add new and relevant material on these topics.

Gloria Putnam also recently added detailed instructions on how to report Hydrilla sightings at And the shark and rip current pages — and, respectively — offer updates on topics that might surface during beach season.

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