NC Division of Marine Fisheries http://wunc.org en NC Will Stop Monitoring Water Quality At 41 Swimming Locations http://wunc.org/post/nc-will-stop-monitoring-water-quality-41-swimming-locations <p></p><p>Federal cuts mean the state will stop monitoring water quality at several dozen swimming sites along coastal rivers and sounds in the coming year. The Environmental Protection Agency cut $22,000 from a grant for the testing.</p><p></p><p>The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries uses a combination of state and federal funds to test 240 swimming areas for certain bacteria.<br /><br />Director Louis Daniel says the division has notified county heath and summer camp directors that it will stop testing water quality at 41 swimming areas in coastal rivers and sounds.</p><p></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:56:34 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 28161 at http://wunc.org NC Will Stop Monitoring Water Quality At 41 Swimming Locations Sea Turtles Snagged; NC Regulators Suspend Gill Nets http://wunc.org/post/sea-turtles-snagged-nc-regulators-suspend-gill-nets <p>State environmental officials are suspending certain fish nets along the coast after at least eight sea turtles were trapped.&nbsp;</p><p>The state Division of Marine Fisheries says the suspension goes into effect at sunset Wednesday for what are known as large-mesh gill nets.&nbsp; Anglers leave the nets out overnight this time of year to trap flounder.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:30:00 +0000 Will Michaels 19529 at http://wunc.org Sea Turtles Snagged; NC Regulators Suspend Gill Nets