The Coastal Resources Commission meets Nov. 17 in Beaufort.
Climate change is affecting aquaculture, but state and federal agencies are developing new tools for farmers.
Advocates say attaining and maintaining sustainability in the seafood industry means recognizing and balancing the ways society, culture, economy and ecology are all interconnected.
The Coastal Resources Commission will require shellfish farmers to go through the variance process to build floating structures in their lease areas.
Proposed action would include new rules for septic tank siting and repairs on ocean beaches.
The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores received an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant for the conservation-themed exhibit that is to also include sustainable fisheries and coral propagation.
Summer mortality in oysters is nothing new, but growers and researchers say widespread die-offs already this year have been especially severe.
The measure introduced Thursday in the N.C. General Assembly would provide $8.5 million in funding for coastal water quality and oyster habitat restoration projects.
In an industry that’s constantly evolving and a climate that’s also changing, environmental monitoring, science and training appear to be key to the future of oyster farming and other forms of aquaculture.
Aquaculture has the potential to help the world adapt to a changing climate, but warming ocean temperatures, storms and landscape changes could force the industry to adapt as well.
ShellCast is a new online application funded by North Carolina Sea Grant created to predict temporary shellfish lease closures.
The Nov. 2-6 slate of events includes seminars, tours and discussions focused on the economic growth related to ocean resources in the Wilmington area.
Oct. 11-15 is North Carolina Oyster Week this year and organizers, North Carolina Sea Grant, the North Carolina Coastal Federation, and the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, say the “shellebration” includes a series of in-person and virtual oyster-related events along the coast and in the Triangle.
Jimmy Morris says he will rebuild his family’s aquaculture business, the Mill Point Hatchery in Sea Level, which was destroyed by fire early Sunday.
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is partnering with several agencies and organizations to host a workshop on aquaculture gear management and storm preparedness.
A free aquaculture workshop on gear management and storm preparedness is being offered online April 8 to all shellfish growers in the state.