This directory provides contact information for the people, agencies and organizations that are involved in research, education, leasing, growing, restoration and management of oysters in North Carolina.

Gene Ballance

Name: Gene Ballance
Affiliation: Ocracoke Working Waterman's Association
Title: Commercial Fisherman, Former Hyde County Commissioner
Phone: 252.921.0123

Mr. Ballance is continuing an in-depth study of the Winslow 1886 N.C. oyster Survey. This involved several trips to NARA II in College Park Maryland to photograph the 75 volumes of sounding records produced by the survey. Using ArcView GIS, SAGA, and Google Earth, Mr. Ballance investigated how well the results were plotted, and the accuracy to be expected, both from angle adjustment of the surviving control point data, and in places where probable error using this method is high, using culverts and road intersections visible on Google Earth and the topographic sheets from which the Winslow charts were copied, to lessen the probable error.

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