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Coastwatch Currents

February 23, 2015 | E-Ching Lee


Posted Feb. 23, 2015

Colorful boots and orange coveralls.

An article in this issue focuses on women in the fishing industry. Photo by Daniel Pullen.

The Winter 2015 issue of Coastwatch went to press last week. I’m glad to put another issue to rest — and happy to give you a sneak peek at its contents.

John Fear, our deputy director, has been here for about a year. Katie Mosher catches up with him to discuss how he got to North Carolina Sea Grant and what he plans to do.

The Rachel Carson Reserve, part of the N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve System, was a popular location for research featured in this issue. We feature two oyster-related projects by scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Sciences and one on sea-level rise by Margaret Garner, the 2013 joint Sea Grant/Reserve fellow.

Susan West — journalist, radio personality, fisherman’s wife and community leader — delivers a piece about three women in the fishing industry, who are forging their own paths in what is traditionally seen as a male-dominated business.

And Rebecca Nagy takes a walk through a salt marsh, with help from North Carolina’s Amazing Coast: From Alligators to Zoeas.

I had promised recipes for aquacultured species in a previous blog post. Vanda Lewis, food blogger and photographer, delivered. She hunted down farm-raised catfish and oysters from her local seafood store to cook.

Can’t wait to get the Winter 2015 issue in the mail? We’ll be handing out issues at the N.C. Aquaculture Development Conference on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27 and 28.

And if you want to be one of the first people to get the Spring 2015 issue, come to N.C.’s Coastal Conference on April 14.

As always, if there are stories — or recipes — you’d like to see in upcoming issues of Coastwatch, let me know at


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