Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for Coastwatch Vol. Issue , Spring 2005
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Each year the North Carolina Lions Club holds the Visually Impaired Persons (VIP) Fishing Tournament. The First Flight, Nags Head, Manteo, Wanchese, Columbia, and Plymouth Lions Clubs sponsor the tournaments which are held on the Outer Banks. The 2004 event attracted 400 individuals aged twelve to ninety-one. Competitors fish from a pier or from a boat. The activities of a typical tournament are described.
In North Carolina's coastal waters, waterspouts can form very quickly and be dangerous for boaters and swimmers. The National Weather Service Office at Wilmington monitors five coastal counties from Surf City to the South Santee River in South Carolina and forty miles seaward for weather information. Loughner explains a new weather service program that allows boaters and beachgoers to go online daily for waterspout outlooks.
Between 1992 and 2001, in coastal waters from New Jersey to North Carolina, 210 bottlenose dolphins were killed by becoming entangled in gill nets used by fishermen. The dolphins become entangled either by accidentally running into the nets or by being caught while eating the fishing catch. Angione reports on a study funded by the North Carolina Fishery Resource Grant program to study whether acoustic alarms can keep the dolphins away from the gill nets.
The Coastal Wind Initiative, a project of the North Carolina Solar Center, seeks to educate national developers and local residents about areas in North Carolina where wind has the potential to produce electrical power. Reynolds gives an update on the progress of the project which was started in 2004.