Open water swimming in Bogue Sound has led to a more wholehearted appreciation for my coastal surroundings and community. When Hurricane Florence flushed debris and polluted waters into the sound this September, cutting our swim season short, it hurt to see the aftermath.
A recent publication by Duke Marine Lab affiliates reveals trends in coastal habitat restoration research and suggests ways this research field can move forward towards effective conservation.
Our team of volunteers collectively removed hundreds of pounds of trash and recyclables from Radio Island Beach during Carteret County’s annual Big Sweep event. While clean-ups are a solution to one of the symptoms of our throw-away society, major changes in the way we design and manufacture products are needed to get to the root of the problem.
The Duke Marine Lab participated in Ocean Sampling Day on the 2014 summer solstice by sampling coastal waters from Pivers Island in Beaufort, NC.