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December 20, 2016 | Sandra Harris


E-Ching Lee, 919-515-9098,

Posted Tuesday, December 20, 2016    

From “pre-K to gray,” environmental literacy is an important part of North Carolina Sea Grant’s mission. In the Holiday 2016 issue of Coastwatch magazine, Diana Hackenburg explains how Sea Grant brings science where it can make a difference, helping communities to make plans and choices that will sustain our coastal and ocean resources. In a related story, Sea Grant-funded researchers are uncovering how middle-school students may play an unexpected role in climate change solutions.Coastwatch Holiday 2016

Kathleen Onorevole explains how the Scientific Research and Education Network, or SciREN, is enriching science education across the Southeast. The networking event began as a simple idea to connect teachers and researchers.

On Oct. 8, Hurricane Matthew’s torrential rain swept across the state bringing floodwaters that took 28 lives and left more than $1.6 billion in damages. Janna Sasser and Katie Mosher check in on the aftermath.

Can you grow oysters at home in coastal North Carolina? Of course you can! E-Ching Lee visits Phil Cagnon and his wife, Korin, who grow oysters under their private docks and want more people to take part in this tasty and environment-friendly hobby. In related stories, Korin Cagnon shares her recipe for a mignonette sauce to serve with oysters; and Sea Grant-funded researcher Brett Froelich seeks samples to identify the health risks from North Carolina oysters.

Sea Grant has eight new fellows and one new partnership. Sasser explores how these research fellowships are enabling graduate students to tackle complex coastal topics.

Check out bluefish dishes adapted from Joyce Taylor’s unpublished recipes.

Bluefish, also known as blues, are abundant off the North Carolina coast and popular in coastal dishes. Join Emily White to find out what she learns from researchers and locals about bluefish biology and traditions.

We share a poem by Cynthia Sharpe, a former North Carolina Sea Grant communications intern with an English degree from NC State University. Titled Fillin’, Sharpe strolls down a leaf-strewn lane, thinking of Mama’s kitchen.

Coastwatch is the flagship publication of North Carolina Sea Grant. Many current and past Coastwatch stories can be viewed online at To request a sample copy of Coastwatch, write to Coastwatch, North Carolina Sea Grant, NC State University, Box 8605, Raleigh, NC 27695-8605; call 919-515-9101; or send an email to


NOTE TO EDITORS: The text of stories that appear in Coastwatch may be reprinted with the following credit: Reprinted from Coastwatch, a publication of North Carolina Sea Grant. For a complimentary copy, call 919-515-9101 or send an email to

For reprint requests regarding photos in Coastwatch, contact E-Ching Lee, 919-515-9098,


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