North Carolina Coastal Federation will receive a $121,090 grant to help with the removal of at least 20 abandoned and derelict vessels from estuaries in the northeastern part of the state.
The NOAA Marine Debris program will accept letters of intent for review until Sept. 4 for the 2021 Marine Debris Removal grant competition.
Beaufort recently announced its support of a new, detailed plan for removing and preventing debris such as dock materials and derelict boats in town waters.
The first of its kind for the state, the North Carolina Marine Debris Action Plan released earlier this month is a coordinated effort to prevent and remove marine debris along the state’s coast.
NOAA has awarded the North Carolina Coastal Federation a two-year, $249,657 grant for Hurricane Florence marine debris removal in southeastern North Carolina.
Efforts to clear wood, fishing gear and other debris that Hurricane Florence scattered along a 42-mile stretch of N.C. coastline collected more than 200 tons and numerous vessels.
North Carolina Coastal Federation and partners removed nearly 600,000 pounds of abandoned mariculture debris from waters near Harkers Island and developed a guide for new mariculture growers to help reduce debris.
Local governments and environmental groups are taking a new, more strategic approach to address the problem of rubbish, derelict fishing gear and abandoned vessels along the N.C. coast.
A group of commercial fishermen have started work on a state-funded program to clean up debris left scattered across marshes and islands by Hurricane Florence.
The N.C. General Assembly has granted certain local governments authority to manage and remove derelict or abandoned vessels in public waters, but there’s no law addressing the problem statewide.
When the Coast Guard and other agencies and contractors responded after Hurricane Florence to the preponderance of storm-tossed and damaged boats, they were restricted by state law in what they could do.
As communities continue to clean up from Hurricane Florence, officials are turning to the problem of derelict and abandoned vessels that sank or washed ashore during the storm.
Beaufort commissioners recently approved applying for a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration marine debris removal grant to begin cleaning up Taylor’s Creek and adjacent waters.
Stakeholders from various agencies, including the town of Beaufort, the Coast Guard and the Rachel Carson Reserve, met recently to outline a plan to address the longstanding problems of marine debris and illegal moorings in Taylor’s Creek.
Efforts to repeal the Outer Banks’ longstanding ban on plastic bags may have temporarily stalled, but the plastic pollution problem is bigger than just bags.
A recently announced federal grant will be used to help pay for removal of debris from an abandoned aquaculture operation littering public trust waters in Carteret County.