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NOAA grant will help NC Aquariums breed saltwater fish and raise awareness of aquaculture

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(Photo: N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores)
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The NOAA grant will allow the Aquariums at Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores and on Roanoke Island to hire more people for their animal care teams and expand breeding programs.

The North Carolina Aquariums will receive funding over the next three years to breed saltwater fish and to raise awareness of aquaculture.

The NOAA grant will allow the Aquariums at Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores and on Roanoke Island to hire more people for their animal care teams and expand breeding programs.

Aquaculture is the breeding and rearing of fish, shellfish and other organisms. For commercially valuable species it can reduce pressure on wild populations. For public aquariums, aquaculture provides a sustainable way to provide animals for their habitats.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.