How Do North Carolina Residents Rate the Water Quality at our Coast?

May 16, 2022 | Dave Shaw

It depends on where they live.

How Often Do Sharks Swipe the Catch?

May 9, 2022 | Dave Shaw

A new study reveals that avid anglers are no strangers to opportunistic sharks — and this could impact shark conservation.

Image: NOAA scientists tag and measure a blue marlin.

Where Can Anglers Find Blue Marlin?

May 2, 2022 | Dave Shaw

A new study reveals the depths and temperatures that blue marlin prefer.

How Does Seagrass React to Environmental Changes?

April 25, 2022 | Dave Shaw

Genetically diverse seagrass beds on the North Carolina coast might be able to adapt better than seagrass that grows elsewhere.

Do We Understand the Power of Fishing for Food?

April 18, 2022 | Dave Shaw

From the water’s edge to the heart of the community: fishing for food is far more than a pastime.

What Are the Top 10 Most Common Types of Trash on the NC Coast?

April 11, 2022 | Dave Shaw

Last year’s coastal trash included a garter belt and a windshield — but fishing gear made up less than 1% of the items that people picked up.

image: American shad, via USFWS.

Where Do American Shad Like to Spawn?

April 4, 2022 | Dave Shaw

When these fish return to the Albemarle Sound to reproduce, they prefer one river basin — by far.

Does it Help to Look at the Big Picture When Managing Menhaden?

March 28, 2022 | Dave Shaw

A new model accounts for a number of factors that influence the populations of Atlantic menhaden and other species.

How Did People Catch Fish 12,000 Years Ago?

March 21, 2022 | Dave Shaw

An archaeological site has revealed an enormous collection of early hooks, lines, and sinkers — and even evidence of artificial lures.

Pictured here is a Goliath grouper piercing through a school of baitfish. Laura Rock/NOAA.

Are Fish Headed North?

March 14, 2022 | Dave Shaw

Warming waters means hundreds of fish species — including some of the most economically important to the United States — will be on the move.