Boating


Being underwater obsessed in North Carolina means also having a complete and total addiction for the magical lore and exploration of shipwrecks. North Carolina holds the brass porthole to some of the World’s best diving and marine life habitat areas. Our mysterious “Graveyard of the Atlantic” is a proud heritage […]

Underwater Obsessed: James J. Francesconi Reef Project


SNEADS FERRY, NC April 11, 2015 – As a child, very little made me as happy as being on the water.  My most fond and cherished memories involve my love for salt water.  I grew up on the Intracoastal Waterway off highway 101 in Beaufort, NC and most of my […]

Underwater Obsession: I Adore the Man in Grey


WILMINGTON, NC Jan. 10, 2015 – The Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron, “America’s Boating Club,” will present its comprehensive introductory boating course beginning on Saturday, 21 February 2015 at the Cape Fear Community College. The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators approved and USCG recognized course is presented […]

Class – Boat Safely on the Cape Fear Waterways



Coastal communities are no different than any other with one big exception: the Ocean.  Folks who live at the coast have a common environmental bond, whether they have realized it or not.  In West Palm Beach, it is Jim Abernethy’s mission to bring locals together to strengthen that bond while creating […]

Getting People Underwater


Marine debris is a problem that continues to grow.  Our waterways and oceans are constantly polluted with a wide variety of marine debris ranging from polystyrene trays and plastic bags to derelict fishing equipment and abandoned boats. Marine life, such as several Fish species, Whales, Sharks, Sea Turtles, and Birds have been known to ingest […]

NC Marine Debris Symposium News: Fall 2014


A few years ago, as seen in these photos, I was doing a beach cleanup at the South end of Topsail Island and came across this Common Loon that was hooked, tangled, and emaciated. I was able to grab him, remove the hook and line, but he was still in […]

Coastinista: Your Daily Cup of Coastal Conservation (Tangled Up ...



WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC Sept. 9. 2014 – The N.C. Coastal Federation is hosting the inaugural “Cruise for the Coast” to celebrate our estuaries and support the federation’s education programs. The three-hour cruise to Masonboro Island will depart from Carolina Beach on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. aboard the 65-foot […]

Cruise the Coast to Celebrate National Estuaries Day


RALEIGH, NC August 21, 2014 — The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign, a multi-agency initiative designed to combine law enforcement resources to ensure everyone can safely travel on highways and waterways during summer months, continues throughout Labor Day weekend. “There are dangerous consequences when […]

Boating and Driving Safety Campaign Underway this Labor Day Weekend


WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC August 17, 2014 – The N.C. Coastal Federation along with Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours Inc. will sponsor two boat trips with the federation’s Coastal Advocate Mike Giles and Capt. Joe Abbate to explore Rich Inlet and the Lea Island complex of shoals and sandbars north of Figure […]

Join Federation Advocate Mike Giles on a Rich Inlet Exploration



WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC August 11, 2014 – The N.C. Coastal Federation’s Local Bites: Coastal Culinary Adventures on Saturday, August 23, will include a day of boat cruising, clamming, beach combing and feasting. Attendees will enjoy a boat ride and hear stories about the delightful shorebirds and stunning coastal environment, including […]

Cruising, Clamming and Chowder with the North Carolina Coastal Federation