New Research Projects Focus on Coastal Community Collaborations

April 6, 2016 | E-Ching Lee

Four community-based collaborations will start this spring thanks to a new partnership between North Carolina Sea Grant and the William R. Kenan Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science at NC State University.

Contact: Katie Mosher, North Carolina Sea Grant, 919-515-9069,

Blue Heron Bowl Champs Head to National Ocean Sciences Bowl

March 21, 2016 | Diana Hackenburg

As winners of the 2016 Blue Heron Bowl, students from Walter M. Williams High School in Burlington will face-off against 23 other teams at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, April 21 to 24 in Morehead City.

Diana Hackenburg, North Carolina Sea Grant, 919-515-1092,
Kerry Irish, UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, 252-726-6841 x126,

Hackenburg Joins North Carolina Sea Grant

March 17, 2016 | E-Ching Lee

Diana Hackenburg has joined North Carolina Sea Grant as a science writer and editor. Hackenburg will share information developed through Sea Grant’s research projects and outreach partnerships with a variety of audiences through Coastwatch magazine, the Sea Grant website, social media, and other products and communications formats.

Katie Mosher,, 919-515-9069
Diana Hackenburg,, 919-515-1092

ASMFC Initiates Socioeconomic Study on Atlantic Menhaden Commercial Fisheries

March 17, 2016 | E-Ching Lee

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has awarded funding to a research team headed by Dr. John Whitehead of Appalachian State University and Dr. Jane Harrison from North Carolina Sea Grant to conduct a socioeconomic study of Atlantic menhaden commercial fisheries. The study is intended to characterize the coastwide commercial fisheries, including bait and reduction sectors and the fishing communities they support.

Contact: Tina Berger, ASMFC, 703-842-0740

NC Waterways, NOAA’s Sentinel Site Program, Watershed Research Featured in Coastwatch

March 10, 2016 | Sandra Harris

North Carolina Sea Grant’s Winter 2016 issue of Coastwatch is now available. In this issue, read about: eastern North Carolina’s meandering waterways, NOAA’s Sentinel Site Program, a stream restoration project and more.

Contact: E-Ching Lee, 919-515-9098,