Maybe it’s because of the weather. Maybe it’s the moon phases and high tides. Whatever the reason, here’s what people have been reading the most over the last month, the last year, and the last couple of decades.

Over the Last Month

1. Gone Crabbin’

from Summer 2019
Testing the Waters:
Ensuring Shellfish Are Safe to Eat

2. Don’t Cut Down That Tree! Preserving a Protective Buffer Against High-Speed Winds

from Summer 2019
Testing the Waters:
Ensuring Shellfish Are Safe to Eat

Solar farms, such as this one in Greene County, are part of a growing energy industry cluster in the rural coastal region. Photo by Jane Harrison. 3. Rural Economic Development in the Coastal Regions

from Winter 2019
A Brief History of Sea Level Rise in North Carolina:
Our Moving Coastline

4. A Brief History of Sea Level Rise in North Carolina

from Winter 2019
A Brief History of Sea Level Rise in North Carolina:
Our Moving Coastline

5. Wingina, Wanchese and Manteo: A Lumbee Perspective on the Lost Colony

from Spring 2019
Sea to Table:
Restaurants Celebrate Coastal Cuisine

6. Hiding in Plain Sight

from Spring 2019
Sea to Table:
Restaurants Celebrate Coastal Cuisine

7. Return of the Dunes: The Science of Post-Florence Recovery

from Spring 2019
Sea to Table:
Restaurants Celebrate Coastal Cuisine

8. Capturing the Culprit: Carbon Sequestration and the Battle Against Climate Change

from Spring 2020
The Greatest Show on the East Coast:
North Carolina’s Nightscapes

9. Sea Science: An Underwater Soundscape Is Worth a Thousand Pictures: The Surprising Implications of Eavesdropping on Fish

from Spring 2020
The Greatest Show on the East Coast:
North Carolina’s Nightscapes

10. The Greatest Show on the East Coast: New Journeys into the Heart of North Carolina’s Darkness

from Spring 2020
The Greatest Show on the East Coast:
North Carolina’s Nightscapes

11. At the Dawn of Flight
from Spring 2020
The Greatest Show on the East Coast:
North Carolina’s Nightscapes
Butterfly weed attracts insect pollinators. By Martin LeBac. 12. Coastal Landscaping: The Next Blue Economy Sector?

from Spring 2020
The Greatest Show on the East Coast:
North Carolina’s Nightscapes

 

13. You Say Starfish, I Say Sea Star
from Winter 2019
A Brief History of Sea Level Rise in North Carolina:
Our Moving Coastline
14. River of Time: The Stunning Old-Growth Forest in the Three Sisters Swamp

from Autumn 2019
Revisiting Floyd 20 Years Later:
Survivors Firsthand Accounts from 1999

15. The Story of Ricky Moore: The “Best Chef in the Triangle” Talks Carolina Cooking

from Winter 2019
A Brief History of Sea Level Rise in North Carolina:
Our Moving Coastline

 

16.Testing the Waters

from Summer 2019
Testing the Waters:
Ensuring Shellfish Are Safe to Eat

17. Land Versus Sea,

from Summer 2019
Testing the Waters:
Ensuring Shellfish Are Safe to Eat

18. From the Courthouse Steps to Climate Change: How Lumbee History Can Inform New Social and Environmental Dialogue

from Spring 2019
Sea to Table:
Restaurants Celebrate Coastal Cuisine

19. A Fish for All Occasions:
A Quest for the Heart of the Local Seafood Loverfrom Autumn 2019
Revisiting Floyd 20 Years Later:
Survivors Firsthand Accounts from 1999

 

20. Springtime Sensations

from Spring 2020
The Greatest Show on the East Coast:
North Carolina’s Nightscapes

Over the Last Year

sea butterfly

 1. An Invasion of Naked Sea Butterflies,

from Autumn 2016
Focus on Fran + 20:
Improving North Carolina’s Resilience

2. Moving Through the Marsh

from Winter 2015
Nurturing Nature:
Oyster Restoration

3. African American History in Coastal Carolina

from Spring 2015
Springtime Synergies

4. Ocracoke’s Brogue: Sounds Past and Present,

from Winter 2018
Oyster Culture:
Serving Consumers & Communities

5. A Brief History of Sea Level Rise in North Carolina,

from Winter 2019
A Brief History of Sea Level Rise in North Carolina:
Our Moving Coastline

6. Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex in the Sea

from Summer 2017
Chasing the Moon’s Shadow:
Total Solar Eclipse Draws Eyes Skyward

7. Welcome to the Neighborhood,

from Autumn 2018
Endurance Test:
Florence and Michael Pummel North Carolina

 

8. Return of the Dunes: The Science of Post-Florence Recovery,

from Spring 2019
Sea to Table:
Restaurants Celebrate Coastal Cuisine

9. Carolina Bays: Another Man’s Treasure,

from Autumn 2015
Measuring Up:
Oysters Take Center Stage

10. Wingina, Wanchese and Manteo
A Lumbee Perspective on the Lost Colony

from Spring 2019
Sea to Table:
Restaurants Celebrate Coastal Cuisine

11. Hiding in Plain Sight,

from Spring 2019
Sea to Table:
Restaurants Celebrate Coastal Cuisine

12. Hear the Call of a Maritime Forest,

from Summer 2015
Summer Showcase:
Coastal NC State Parks

13. Menhaden: Big Questions About Little Fish,

from Winter 2018
Oyster Culture:
Serving Consumers & Communities

14. Testing the Waters,

from Summer 2019
Testing the Waters:
Ensuring Shellfish Are Safe to Eat

15. Business as Usual: Fishing for a Living

from Winter 2015
Nurturing Nature:
Oyster Restoration

16. Land Versus Sea,

from Summer 2019
Testing the Waters:
Ensuring Shellfish Are Safe to Eat

17. Gone Crabbin’

from Summer 2019
Testing the Waters:
Ensuring Shellfish Are Safe to Eat

18. Hurricane Fran Revisited
Lessons From a Benchmark Storm

from Autumn 2016
Focus on Fran + 20:
Improving North Carolina’s Resilience

19.River of Time
The Stunning Old-Growth Forest in the Three Sisters Swamp

from Autumn 2019
Revisiting Floyd 20 Years Later:
Survivors Firsthand Accounts from 1999

20. Thriving in Sun, Salt and Sand

from Summer 2018
Seacoast Plants Flourishing in Harsh Conditions

All-Time

Sand tiger shark in an aquarium.

1. Sharks of North Carolina,

from Spring 2014
Coastal Reflections:
Past, Present and Future

2. There’s More Than One Way to Catch a Shrimp,

from Winter 2006
Aquaculture:
Water Woes

A boat cruises at sunset.

3. Save Fuel, Money: Running Your Boat by the Numbers

from Summer 2013
Amazing Places:
Via Book, Trail, Byway

A jellyfish on the sand.

4. The Rise of the Jellies

from Holiday 2010
Ship Salvage:
Hidden History’s Elusive Value

Kayaks back from a trip on the Pamlico Sound.

5. The Pamlico Sound: Fishing Gem of North Carolina

from Summer 2012
Exploring the North Carolina Coast

Sea bean pod and seeds.

6. Knowing Beans About the Beach

from High Season 2003
Storytelling:
Holding Fast to the Past

shrimp boats at Southport waterfront after Hazel

7. Fast and Furious

from Autumn 2014
Hurricane Hazel:
Oct. 15, 1954

Elizabethan-era clothing hook.

8. The Science of Shipwrecks

from Winter 2013
Research, Recreation and Repast:
Treasuring Gifts of the Sea

Shrimp trawler on trailer.

9. Traditional Working Boats of the Outer Banks

from Winter 2013
Research, Recreation and Repast:
Treasuring Gifts of the Sea

Jim Bahen handles fish

10. The Red Drum:
First in Fish for NC Recreational Anglers

from High Season 2000
Ocracoke Odyssey 

sea butterfly

11. An Invasion of Naked Sea Butterflies

from Autumn 2016
Focus on Fran + 20:
Improving North Carolina’s Resilience

North Carolina seafood

12. Supply and Demand In North Carolina’s Seafood Industry

from Holiday 2014
To Market, To Market To Buy a Fresh Fish

13. Moving Through the Marsh

from Winter 2015
Nurturing Nature:
Oyster Restoration

14. Finding Fish in Lots of Water

from Winter 2008
Finding Fish 

 

15. Fall Prime Fishing Season in North Carolina

from Autumn 2000
Pier Enjoyment 

16. African American History in Coastal Carolina

from Spring 2015
Springtime Synergies

Neal pictured in front of the Frying Pan Tower.

17. Diamond Shoals and Frying Pan: Offshore Light Towers Beckon New Missions

from Winter 2013
Research, Recreation and Repast
Treasuring Gifts of the Sea

Fiery red in the fall, glasswort adds a salty crunch to salads.

18. Coastal Wild Edibles: Stalking the Wild Sea Lettuce

from Summer 2011
Supper Surprises:
Unusual Ingredients, Interesting Meals

Dock overlooking the Bay River.

19. New Oyster Aquaculture Operations Grow Seed, Take Root

from Winter 2014
Oysters:
Economy, Environment and Tradition

Gloved hand shucks oyster.

20. Bring Your Own Knives: Shucking at the Varnamtown Oyster Roast,

from Winter 2014
Oysters:
Economy, Environment and Tradition