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Save the Date for Coastal Meetings


E-Ching Lee, 919/515-9098,

Posted Monday, November 19, 2012

Updated Friday, Nov. 30, with link to fishing forum flyer.

Join North Carolina Sea Grant for one of our many events this winter.

On Jan. 23 and 24, managers of protected lands can attend Managing Visitors on Coastal Public Lands, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Services training workshop, in Beaufort. Sea Grant and the N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve are hosting the event. For more, go to

Registration is open for the N.C. Aquaculture Development Conference, set for Feb. 7 to 9 at the New Bern Hilton. This event starts with self-guided tours of aquaculture operations and culminates with the Aquafoods Festival. Visit for details.

The 2013 Shape of the Coast program is scheduled for Feb. 8 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. The event is co-sponsored by North Carolina Sea Grant; the North Carolina Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center; and the University of North Carolina School of Law. Registration information will be available at

Sea Grant is sponsoring the 2013 N.C. Marine Recreational Fishing Forum on Feb. 16 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. Anglers can meet with leaders from the N.C. General Assembly and the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. Discussion topics include post-release survival of fish, the economic value of the saltwater fishing industry and the roles of regulatory agencies. Sessions will be streamed live. Register for this free event and learn more at View the Save the Date flyer here.

The Local Catch Summit will be held on Feb. 21 and 22 at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute campus in Skyco. Discussions will center on regional marketing and education initiatives for North Carolina seafood. For updates, visit

Sea Grant also is co-sponsoring a local foods program in Greensboro on Feb. 26. Farmers and fishermen will share their strategies for successfully producing and marketing local seafood, produce and meat to North Carolina consumers.

Watch for updates on these and other events.


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