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Fort Fisher was the site of a tremendous planting effort last month designed to improve public access, treat stormwater runoff and restore wetland habitat. Staff members and volunteers from Cape Fear Resource, Conservation & Development and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission planted 175 native trees and shrubs, including red cedars, wax myrtles, live oaks and beautyberry.
Funding for the purchase of the trees and shrubs came from a NC General Assembly grant. The March planting represents the final phase of a much larger restoration project completed through the work of the Zeke's Basin Advisory Committee, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, New Hanover County, Fort Fisher Aquarium, NC Coastal Federation and several other entities.
Three coastal marinas have been certified as North Carolina Clean Marinas, a designation given to marinas that go beyond the state's environmental regulations. The Joyner Marina in Carolina Beach, River Dunes Marina in Oriental, and Manteo Waterfront Marina earned the status as North Carolina Clean Marinas.
The Clean Marina program illustrates how marina operators can help safeguard the environment by using management and operation techniques that exceed environmental requirements. To earn the certification, the marina's owners prepare spill prevention plans and conduct safety and emergency planning. Marina operators also control boat maintenance activities to protect water quality. Marinas must complete the recertification process every two years in order to retain their certification as a North Carolina Clean Marina.
In addition to the three newcomers, 14 coastal marinas have been recertified as North Carolina Clean Marinas. They are:
• NOAA Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research, Beaufort • New Bern Grand Marina, New Bern • Northwest Creek Marina, New Bern • Radio Island Marina Club, Beaufort • Seapath Yacht Club, Wrightsville Beach • Town Creek Marina, Beaufort • Bayliss Boat Yard, Wanchese • Caspers Marina, Swansboro • Cypress Landing Marina, Chocowinity • Deatons Yacht Services, Oriental • Duke University Marine Lab, Beaufort • Harbor Village Marina, Hampstead • Masonboro Yacht Club and Marina, Wilmington • Matthews Point Marina, Havelock N.C.
In addition to the 17 certified marinas mentioned above, the Cape Fear Marina/Bennett Brothers Yachts in Wilmington and Southport Marina have also been certified as Clean Marinas. The North Carolina program is a partnership between N.C. Boating Industry Services, the N.C. Marine Trade Association, the N.C. Division of Coastal Management, the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program, N.C. Sea Grant, the U.S. Power Squadron, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and N.C. Big Sweep.