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Fisheries commission approves 15 grants

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission approved 15 grants that totaled up to more than $1 million for projects that provide coastal fishing access and fisheries and habitat research. (Source: N.C. Fisheries) The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission approved 15 grants that totaled up to more than $1 million for projects that provide coastal fishing access and fisheries and habitat research. (Source: N.C. Fisheries)
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The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission approved 15 grants that totaled more than $1 million for projects that provide coastal fishing access and fisheries and habitat research.

The Town of Oak Island received a one-year grant of $69,955 to build a fishing pier with an Americans with Disabilities Act-complaint kayak launch. 

A grant of $339,000 was approved to make enhancements to the AR-430 nearshore artificial reef off of Brunswick County.

 UNCW received a pair of three-year grants. A $60,282 grant was approved for UNCW to conduct "a comprehensive evaluation of the North Carolina red drum juvenile abundance index, assessing spatial and temporal persistence and the potential for a partial replacement survey design."

A $57,488 grant also was given to UNCW to establish a partnership with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries "whereby master’s level graduate students and undergraduate students would address specific research needs identified by division topic experts."

Grants are funded from the N.C. Marine Resources Fund, which obtains its money from the sale of Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses.

According to a news release from the Division of Marine Fisheries, the grants are sorted into three focus areas.

Grants that fall under the "people" focus area include public education and public water access projects. Those grants that fall under the "fish" focus on fisheries research projects. The grants that fall in the "habitat" focus area include projects to enhance, protect or research fisheries habitat.

Six grants were approved by the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission in the "people" focus area, totaling around $900,000.

In the "fish" focusing area, five grants were approved that totaled up to around $300,000.

The four grants approved in the "habitat" focusing area totaled more than $500,000.

Approved grants allow development for inshore fishing of oyster reefs and the development and protection of oyster sanctuaries.

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