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