Can We Use Video to Estimate the Numbers of Amberjack?

August 15, 2022 | Dave Shaw

With underwater cameras trained on various amberjack species in the Southeast, scientists tried to gauge population trends for the fish.

Is There a Profitable Market for Farm-Fresh Black Sea Bass?

August 8, 2022 | Dave Shaw

Thanks to aquaculture breakthroughs from a team at UNCW, this seafood favorite could reach more consumers.

A sand tiger shark at the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary shipwreck, off the North Carolina coast, bears battle scars inflicted during spawning season. Photo: Greg McFall/NOAA

Can YouTube Affect How We Think About Sharks?

August 1, 2022 | Dave Shaw

As Shark Week wraps up, it’s the perfect time to consider how social media can serve as a conservation management tool when it comes to misunderstood wildlife.

kids and teacher peer through the jaws of a megalodon shark

How Big Was the Megalodon Shark?

July 25, 2022 | Dave Shaw

New research suggests the extinct species could have been nearly 60 feet long. With Shark Week having begun Sunday on the Discovery Channel, what better time to revisit this popular post relating to the megalodon…

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image of snook fish; courtesy Florida Fish & Wildlife

Are More Warm-Water Fish Calling the North Carolina Coast Home?

July 18, 2022 | Lauren Pharr

Research to identify the expanding northward range of fish species includes a recent study of snook off the coast of South Carolina, just 60 miles south of the North Carolina border.

image: Jeff Miller holds a red snapper.

Do Red Snapper Respond to Baited Traps?

July 8, 2022 | Dave Shaw

A recent study from NC State scientists and their colleagues reveals which fish are more likely to approach bait.

image: Boaters and their dog speed south down the Intracoastal Waterway near Figure Eight Island.

Boating Under the Influence Can Be Lethal

June 30, 2022 | Dave Shaw

Any level of alcohol intake increases the risk of death on the water.

How Do Hurricanes Affect Fish Populations on the North Carolina Coast?

June 27, 2022 | Dave Shaw

The news media and the data often tell two different stories.

image: A ruddy turnstone on the shore of the Mosquito Lagoon, Florida. Credit: Kate Perez/CC-BY-SA 4.0.

How Do Restored Oyster Reefs Stack Up Against Live Oyster Reefs?

June 20, 2022 | Dave Shaw

Any angler who has spent time in the estuaries of North Carolina has seen bags of oyster shells and layers of repaired oyster reefs. As you’ve steered your vessel around restored reefs, have you ever wondered whether they actually function like natural reefs? Read more in Hook, Line & Science.

image: sunlight glare on water.

Does Ultraviolet Radiation Affect Our Favorite Sport Fish?

June 13, 2022 | Dave Shaw

A new study shows that cobia, snapper, and tuna embryos have a fascinating way of avoiding harmful rays.