Are Warming Seas Affecting How Blue Crabs Escape Predators?

September 16, 2021 | Dave Shaw

A team at UNC Wilmington is conducting field surveys through 2022 in Topsail Sound and Chadwick’s Bay to assess the relative abundance of juvenile blue crabs.

Sea Grant/Space Grant Fellow Wins Lightning Talk Award

July 22, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Shannon Ricci, the 2020-21 North Carolina Sea Grant/North Carolina Space Grant research fellow, recently won second place for her student lightning talk “Assessment of Visitation Trends at North Carolina Artificial Reefs Using High-Resolution Satellite Imagery” at the 2021 University Consortium Geographic Information Science Symposium.

Marine Debris by the Numbers

July 19, 2021 | Dave Shaw

From 2016 to 2021, our state’s marine debris included 552,957 collected or observed items.

Update: The Effects of Upstream Plastic Pollution on Coastal NC

July 14, 2021 | Dave Shaw

“We want to determine how far the plastic debris travels downstream and estimate how much of this waste from the upper basin makes its way to the Lower Neuse River estuary and the Pamlico Sound.”

Summer 2021 Hypoxia Forecast: Fish Kills Less Likely Than Usual in the Neuse River Estuary

June 17, 2021 | Dave Shaw

The summer 2021 hypoxia forecast for the Neuse River Estuary calls for dissolved oxygen levels higher than the long-term average. Forecasted oxygen levels also are higher than the hypoxia threshold, which indicates a lower potential for fish kills during midsummer.