Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for Coastwatch Vol. Issue , High Season 2008
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Big Sweep in North Carolina is a volunteer effort started in 1987 to clean trash from beaches and waterways. The program is now in all 100 North Carolina counties. 18,000 volunteers retrieved over 720,000 pounds of trash in 2007. Now Big Sweep has produced a book to make middle school students aware of the need for a clean environment. The publication included eleven litter awareness lessons and was written by two North Carolina teachers.
The state's oyster population has been plagued by diseases, such as Demo and NSX, since the 1980s. In 2006, scientists reported finding a new parasite--Bonamia sp. Green reports on how North Carolina Sea Grant researchers made the discovery.
Mosher reports on a new educational program to help halt the introduction and spread of invasive species. The program is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Sea Grant College Program.
A new 2008 project, funded by the North Carolina Fishery Resource Grant, will track spiny dogfish to discover how many of these small sharks there really are. Other studies listed include aquaculture and fisheries equipment and gear.
Peeler crabs are blue crabs that are close to molting. In 2008, five of the thirteen projects funded by the North Carolina Blue Crab Research Program will focus on peeler crabs.