The N.C. Coastal Federation has a full-time Coastal Advocate in each of our three regions. Their primary mission is:
- To continually survey the environmental health of our coastal resources
- To alert the public to potential hazards
- To expose polluters and other those who contribute to the environmental degradation
- To work with citizens to identify and solve problems.
(L-R) Frank Tursi, our advocate along
the central coast, takes a break from patrolling our coastal waters;
Southeast Coastal Advocate Mike Giles tests the water at on the Cape
Fear River. Ladd Bayliss, our advocate along the northeast coast
collects water samples in Hyde County on Mattamuskeet Drainage
Coastal Advocates' Goals
- To protect the water quality and habitat of the coast by serving as a strong presence on e coastal waters to prevent pollution and habitat degradation.
- To restore habitat and water quality through citizen- and agency-led restoration projects.
- To expand and diversify the constituency for a clean and healthy coast by raising public awareness and understanding of the threats to the coast among citizens, legislators, policy makers, the media and funders.
- To educate citizens about their potential and responsibility to become active stewards for the coast of North Carolina.
- To increase the effectiveness and scope of enforcement of coastal rules and regulations by investigating detrimental activities and ensuring that they are investigated and reported to the appropriate agency and/or media and ensuring that action is taken.
- To increase the effectiveness and scope of federal, state and local agencies responsible for the coast by serving as an additional "watchdog" for the coast.
- To work with citizens and citizen groups to organize and strengthen the voice, number and diversity of advocates for North Carolina's coast.
What You Can Do To Help
Lend a Hand
Attend a meeting. Write your legislator. Be Heard. Our three Coastal Advocates frequently need the public’s support to protect our coastal resources. They may call on you to attend a public meeting and drop an email to you state legislator or congressman. Heed the call.
Also consider joining the North Carolina Coastal Federation to help support the Advocates’ work.
If you spot dead fish floating in the water, spy an oil slick or see or smell something on or near the water that doesn't seem right, you can call the call the Coastal Advocates in your area.
Contact Our Coastal Advocates
- Ladd Bayliss, Northeast Region, 252-473-1607 [ Email ]
- Frank Tursi, Central Region, 252-393-8185 [ Email ]
- Mike Giles, Southeast Region, 910-509-2838 [ Email ]