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A Coast Guard family member releases a rehabilitated sea turtle from cutter Kodiak Island out of Atlantic Beach, N.C., off the the North Carolina coast, Dec. 15, 2014. The Coast Guard, in cooperation with the North Carolina Resources Commission, released a total of 19 rehabilitated sea turtles into the Gulf Stream off the coast of North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin E Geraghty)

Rehabilitated Sea Turtles Released

The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island out of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, in cooperation with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, helped release 19 rehabilitated sea turtles Dec. 15, off the North Carolina coast.   A North Carolina Aquarium employee, NCWRC employee and family of the Coast Guard crew joined the voyage where species of turtle including Kemp's ridley, green and one loggerhead sea turtle were released near the Gulf Stream approximately 40 miles south of Beaufort.   NCWRC confirmed the location as an ideal place to release the turtles.   Ther

Lease Sale Proposed for Wind Energy Off North Carolina

A new lease sale has been proposed for 122,405 acres for commercial wind energy leasing offshore North Carolina.     The proposed lease, announced today by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, is for the Kitty Hawk Wind Energy Area, which BOEM identified in consultation with its North Carolina Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force and outreach with stakeholders.   “This is an important and exciting milestone in our ongoing efforts to

Turtles being Released Photo USCG

USCG Helps Release 130 Sea Turtles

  The Coast Guard assisted with the release of 130 sea turtles Thursday into Gulf Stream waters off the Outer Banks. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Cushing, along with their family members, assisted North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission personnel in releasing the sea turtles. The rehabilitated sea turtles were among many that experienced cold-water shock along the North Carolina coast in recent weeks. Cushing crew members assisted with the rescue of many of the cold-water shocked turtles last week. “We got word about a week ago that turtles were stranded and they were

(Screenshot from U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Elizabeth City)

Diver Rescued off North Carolina Coast

A diver in distress was rescued by U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) responders off the North Carolina coast on Sunday.   Crew members aboard the 25-foot diving boat Under Pressure reported to USCG Sector North Carolina watchstanders in Wilmington, N.C. that a diver had surfaced with shortness of breath and dizziness 35 miles south by southeast of Wilmington.   The diver was medevaced by a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and brought to Air Station Elizabeth City where awaiting EMS personnel transferred him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va.   A video of the medevac is available

Aerial view of Pivers Island Living Shoreline, constructed from salt marsh plants and submerged oyster reef. The marsh was planted in 2000, and has successfully prevented erosion of the lawn behind the marsh. The NOAA Beaufort Lab buildings are behind the Living Shoreline. (Credit: NOAA)

Study: ‘Living Shorelines’ Can Lessen Climate Change Effects

the effects of climate change, according to a recent NOAA study published in the journal PLOS One.   This study, reportedly the first of its kind, measured carbon storing, or “carbon sequestration,” in the coastal wetlands and the narrow, fringing marshes of living shorelines in North Carolina.   “Shoreline management techniques like this can help reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere while increasing coastal resilience,” said Russell Callender, Ph.D., acting director of NOAA’s National Ocean Service. “As communities around the country become more vulnerable

Blackbeard's cannons lifted: Photo courtesy of USCG

Blackbeard's Cannons Salved

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter 'Smilax' worked with personnel from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources to recover 5 cannons and multiple barrel hoops from the 'Queen Anne's Revenge' in Beaufort Inlet, N.C. The Queen Anne's Revenge was the ship of the pirate Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, for more than a year before the ship ran aground on the shoals in the inlet. The crew of the Smilax, a 100-foot inland construction tender, worked with NCDCR divers to lift the approximately one-ton cannons aboard the Smilax using a combination of flotation bags and the ship's crane.

President of Dredging Operations David Simonelli Photo Great Lakes

Great Lakes Inks M.E., N.C. Coastal Protection Project Deals

dredging services in the United States and a major provider of environmental and infrastructure services, announced today the signing of two subcontracts valued at approximately $55 million for work in the Middle East as well as the receipt of a $38 million award for a coastal protection project in North Carolina. The first subcontract in the Middle East is for a land development project and involves dredging over 7 million cubic meters of material by creating several water circulation channels and pumping the resulting material up to 7,000 meters to its designated reclamation area.  Cutter suction

Photo: Duke University

Drones Detect Sharks in Intercoastal Waters

Researchers from Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill are testing the ability of drones to detect sharks in coastal waterways.   In a collaborative study funded by North Carolina Aquariums, researchers are examining whether drones can effectively pinpoint bonnethead sharks in different habitats and water conditions.   “We’re really interested in the role that these kind of predators take on in coastal systems,” said Dave Johnston, director of the Unoccupied Systems Facility at Duke’s Marine Lab in Beaufort, North Carolina.   “We’re also really

Side scan sonar image of LV-71 (Credit: NOAA)

Historic WW I Shipwreck Survey Underway

to help recreational divers better interpret the wreck site, which is managed by NOAA and the USCG.    The sanctuary's research vessel SRVx Sand Tiger will provide the platform for at-sea operations. Other partners for the project include East Carolina University and University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute.    Built in Bath, Maine, in 1897, the lightship, also known as LV-71, served as a floating lighthouse, sound signal station and navigational beacon, for 21 years marking the treacherous waters of Diamond Shoals off of North Carolina to ensure other vessels

Source: NOAA

Arthur Becomes Atlantic's First Hurricane of 2014

Storm Arthur became the first hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday. Arthur was about 190 miles (305 km) south-southwest of Cape Fear, North Carolina with maximum sustained wind of 75 mph (120 kph), NHC said. (Reporting by Anupam Chatterjee in Bangalore; Editing by Alison Williams)

Sea Level Rise Projected to Displace 13 million in U.S. by 2100

followed by Louisiana (1.29 million people at risk) and California (1 million).   Other states that could be heavily impacted in such a scenario include: New York (901,000 at risk), New Jersey (827,000), Virginia (476,000), Massachusetts (428,000), Texas (405,000), South Carolina (374,000) and North Carolina (298,000).   "As the sea level rises, coastal parts of Florida will be inundated," said University of Georgia geography professor Deepak Mishra, one of the researchers. "Sea level rise is the phenomenon that makes climate change a reality for millions of people worldwide

Divers explore the wreck of German U-boat, U-701, which sank on July 7, 1942, off Cape Hatteras, N.C. (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Mulls Expanding Historic Wreck Sanctuary

; agency asks for public comments through March 18   Following several years of scientific and archaeological assessment and public input, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced plans to consider possible expansion of Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, off the North Carolina coast. The proposed expansion would protect a collection of historically significant shipwrecks including vessels sunk during World War II’s Battle of the Atlantic.   The water’s off North Carolina’s Outer Banks contain the single greatest concentration of World War I

Sonar image of the German submarine U-576. (Credit: NOAA & SRI International)

Researchers to Visit ‘Battle of the Atlantic’ Wreckage

the research vessel Baseline Explorer, and two manned submersibles.   Underwater robots and advanced remote sensing technology, provided by 2G Robotics and SRI International, will generate bathymetric data and detailed acoustical models of the wrecks and surrounding seafloor. University of North Carolina's Coastal Studies Institute will provide three-dimensional modeling of the wrecks   “This discovery is the only known location in U.S. waters that contains archaeologically preserved remains of a convoy battle where both sides are so close together,” said Joe Hoyt, Monitor

Dr. James Morris & Lionfish: Photo credit NOAA

Chance to Explore the Lionfish Invasion With Expert

. Learn why lionfish have been so successful in invading new areas and what scientists and the public are doing to address this growing problem. Get your questions ready and tune in on November 14, 2013. Background Lionfish, a native Indo-Pacific species, is now found in U.S. Atlantic waters from North Carolina to Florida, in all Gulf of Mexico states, and in the Caribbean, and continues to expand into new regions. Recent estimates of lionfish densities indicate that lionfish have surpassed some native species with the highest estimates reporting over 1,000 lionfish per acre in some locations. Lionfish

Photo: SA Instrumentation

Acoustic Technology Benefits Marine Mammal Research

Innovative acoustic technology designed by Fife-based company, SA Instrumentation, has been used in successful sea trials to monitor marine life off the coast of North Carolina. A team of scientists from East Carolina University (ECU) has been able to acoustically record Bottlenose Dolphins as well as a range of other sea mammals using SA Instrumentation’s Decimus product, which was integrated into the university’s wave glider. They were also able to acoustically record tagged fish such as Atlantic sturgeon and sand tiger sharks, and will be soon searching for acoustically tagged

Gardner Technologies Inc. (GTI) team. Nelson Gardner, President, second from right. (Photo: GTI)

GTI Extends Sales for Kongsberg Mesotech

Gardner Technologies Inc. (GTI), a Kongsberg Maritime sales partner in the U.S., has expanded its sales activity for Kongsberg Mesotech underwater acoustic products into North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. GTI is already responsible for sales in Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia and eastern Pennsylvania. An agreement between GTI and wholly owned Kongsberg Maritime subsidiary Kongsberg Mesotech signed September 25, 2015 will improve availability of the complete Kongsberg Mesotech product portfolio to the Search and Recovery, Marine Engineering and Underwater

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After Florida, more States Press US for Offshore Drilling Exemptions

efforts to expand oil and gas production offshore. A proposed leasing plan unveiled last week aims to open up all U.S. coasts to drillers over the next five years. Alaska and Maine are the only two U.S. states whose governors have expressed support for the plan.   The governors of Delaware, North Carolina, and South Carolina on Tuesday were seeking meetings with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to press their case that drilling would pose significant risks to coastal tourism, while other state representatives issued sharply-worded Tweets.   "Tourism and recreation along the Delaware coastline

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