Fisheries

Business & Economy
9:05 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Federal Cuts Could Close 115 Year Old Beaufort Marine Lab

A National Center for Coastal Ocean Science researcher looks into a beaker containing lionfish eggs. Scientists agree NOAA's Beaufort lab has been the site for valuable fisheries research for more than a century. If Congress passes President Barack Obama's budget proposal, the lab will close.
Credit NOAA

If Congress passes the president's proposed 2015 budget, North Carolina's coast could lose a century-old marine lab.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's lab in Beaufort is on the chopping block.

Ciaran Clayton is a spokeswoman for NOAA.

“The current cost per year to operate and maintain the facility (is) about $1.6 million per year,” Clayton said. “It's an aging facility and would require additional funding to make those improvements, something that is just not currently in our current budget or in our future budgets.”

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Sturgeon
8:36 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Atlantic Sturgeon Populations Are Recovering Along The Coast

Atlantic Sturgeon populations are recovering along the North Carolina coast.
Credit Keith Ashley and Bennett Wynne, North Carolina Resources Commission / Creative Commons

The endangered Atlantic Sturgeon is slowly making a comeback along the North Carolina coast. 

The ocean fish needs to come into coastal rivers to spawn. Dams and locks in many of the state's waterways have made it difficult and, in some cases, impossible for the sturgeon to reproduce. But efforts to remove some of those barriers seems to be having a positive impact. 

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