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Our mission is to identify, protect, and restore the significant resources of the Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine system.

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Soundings

A fresh take on the region's salty affairs 

Submerged aquatic vegetation surveys: A grass act

By: Jim Hawhee, APNEP
January 6, 2015

Hilde Zenil of East Carolina University conducting SAV surveys

Hilde Zenil of East Carolina University conducts surveys

Imagine someone whose only pleasure is to count blades of grass… -John Rawls

Submerged aquatic vegetation. Scientists casually refer to it as SAV and you might know it as seagrass, though the stuff in North Carolina grows mostly in our embayed sounds. It’s extremely important habitat for fish and waterfowl, and by extension it’s important to the hunters and fishermen that reside in and flock to eastern North Carolina.

Like the canary in the coal mine, these aquatic grasses are an important indicator of water quality in the sounds. Specifically, they are sensitive to nutrient and sediment inputs from upstream rivers which can limit how much light they receive. Rough estimates in the 1980s suggested that up to 200,000 acres of SAV existed in North Carolina’s sounds. In 2011, an APNEP-led effort to survey SAV from the air accounted for 138,000 visible acres.

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Partner Reels

Hooking the region's best video clips 

What makes an oyster reef restoration effort successful? Why do we even care about restoring these habitats? Researchers from UNC's Institute of Marine Sciences address these questions in this video highlighting one of NC's greatest natural resources. Due to the pressures of overfishing, poor water quality, and disease, oyster populations in NC have declined considerably. Watch this video to learn more about research on successfully restoring oyster reefs in the Albemarle-Pamlico estuary.

 

 

Echoes

News and information from the Albemarle-Pamlico region and beyond
more information/disclaimer 

Waterfront getting attention: Goals, challenges abundant in 2015
3/5/15 10:10 AM
In January, the city revised its waterfront dock fees, but there’s more in store for those docks and the waterfront.
Hearing on oil and natural gas leases will be March 16 in KDH
Duck presents plan for tax districts to help finance beach work
Nonprofit wants dredging money
NCCF's Miller earns prestigious honor
Hammocks Beach vote delayed
Date of Outer Banks oil meeting set
New bill triggers battle: Inlet versus beaches
DOT board member: N.C. should pay for sand removal

 

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Have an idea?

APNEP can help get your environmental initiative off the ground, whether it is related to restoration, science, education, engagement, or policy. The first steps? Take a look at our CCMP and learn about our program, approach, and priorities. Then, contact a staff member to discuss ways that APNEP and its partners can support your efforts.

 
 

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