NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service is awarding North Carolina, three other states and two Caribbean nations $8 million to restore threatened coral populations and marshes and to remove marine debris.
A statement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says funding will also go to Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
The funding is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional contributions from project partners.
The money slated for these targeted restoration projects is intended to deal with long-term habitat decline and is separate, but complementary, to restoration projects funded through the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment court settlements.
The North Carolina Coastal Federation is getting $35,000 to work with fishermen to create new oyster reefs from recycled derelict crab pots.