Record of decision on Bonner Bridge replacement is delayed again

 Upon hearing of this latest delay during discussions with North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), Dare County officials expressed extreme disappointment since a Record of Decision (ROD) was expected any day with a promise that construction would begin this year.  The most recent delay comes following a decision by NCDOT to alter the Preferred Alternative, […] Local News |  Full Article

Inspector General’s report is critical of NOAA’s fisheries law enforcement

The Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Commerce issued a report yesterday that was stingingly critical of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s enforcement of fisheries regulations. NOAA is the federal agency responsible for enforcing U.S. fishing laws and regulations. The report is the result of a seven-month investigation that was begun in mid-2009 […] Local News |  Full Article

Ocracoke’s oystering tradition is ready to make a comeback

Gathering the oddly shaped shellfish Crassostrea virginica, better known as the common oyster, has long been an important part of Ocracoke Island’s fishing tradition, and freshly gathered oysters one of her finest culinary delights. Ocracoke fisherman and shellfish researcher Gene Ballance explains that for his grandfather, Elisha Ballance Sr., oystering was the main source of […] Local News |  Full Article