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for Coastwatch Vol. Issue , Early Summer 2008
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Along the state's coastline, over three hundred miles of barrier islands provide a protective shield against strong ocean waves driven by storms and hurricanes. This area is also growing in population and accompanying economy development. William Smith of Wake Forest University heads the Coastal Barrier Island Network, a group that is studying ways to manage these vulnerable islands.
In 1989, the North Carolina General Assembly established the state's coastal reserve system to protect the unique habitat of the maritime forests. Green discusses the importance of the forests, with emphasis on the Bald Head Island forest.
Among the winners of the North Carolina Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards are the North Carolina Sea Grant Program (Natural Resources Agency); Phytofinders of Kitty Hawk (Youth Conservationists); and J & B Aquafood (Business Conservationists).
The lionfish has venomous spines. It eats everything, produces eggs that free float, and has few known predators. Spotted off the North Carolina Coast in August 2000, it is the first marine invasive fish to have established itself in Atlantic waters. For the past eight years, NOAA researchers on Pivers Island in Beaufort have been studying it to determine where it came from, where they are along the East Coast and off the Bahamas, and where they might be going.
While seafood is on the rise in popularity, North Carolina fishermen and seafood dealers are feeling high competition from foreign imports. Angione reports on a workshop that presents new marking approaches for the state's seafood industry.