Steve Murphey Named Fisheries Director

Steve Murphey will serve as the new director for the Division of Marine Fisheries or DMF, effective immediately, a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality confirmed Thursday. John A. Nicholson, DEQ chief deputy secretary, explained Wednesday in an email to DEQ employees that Murphey would assume the role of director. DEQ provided […] Fishing |  Full Article

BOEM Releases Plan for Offshore Drilling

Despite strong opposition from East Coast governors, several dozen lawmakers and the Defense Department, the Department of the Interior Thursday released its proposed five-year draft plan to open up most U.S. outer continental-shelf waters, including off the North Carolina coast and some protected areas, to oil and gas exploration and drilling. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke […] Island Features |  Full Article

Officials Seek More Detail On Seismic Testing

Four companies have been asked to submit additional information about proposed seismic surveying for offshore oil and gas resource development because the original proposals did not consider the latest scientific studies on the harmful impacts to marine life, the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management announced Friday. According to a press release from DCM, the […] Island Features |  Full Article

State Launches Tool to Track Disaster Work

State Launches Tool to Track Disaster Work Coastal Review Online North Carolina has added a new tool to help the state and citizens track disaster recovery efforts as communities across eastern North Carolina continue to recover from Hurricane Matthew, The North Carolina Department of Information Technology announced Tuesday. Rebuild.nc.gov, a new online resource built by […] Local News |  Full Article

Report: Parks, Nature Boost Coast’s Economy

When visitors spend time on North Carolina’s coast, they also spend money. Renting lodging, dining locally, recreating, camping and fishing are among the services tourists pay for to experience the state’s coastline. The local spending creates jobs and economic opportunities directly in the surrounding communities, and indirectly as employees spend their income. National parks and […] Seashore News |  Full Article