Do Wildlife Management Areas Support Local Businesses? 

September 12, 2022 | Dave Shaw

New research shows how visitors to wildlife management areas — including hunters, anglers, and boaters — make significant contributions to the local and statewide economy.

image: Recreational boater family cruises the ICW behind Figure Eight Island.

Can Boating Cause Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

September 1, 2022 | Dave Shaw

Danger is in the air — and you can’t see or smell it.

dolphinfish, caught off Hatteras.

Where Do Dolphinfish Roam?

August 29, 2022 | Dave Shaw

As part of the world’s largest fish tagging program, anglers up and down the East Coast have played a key role in tracking the species’ movements — and you can help, too.

oyster toadfish, credit: Allison Scott : NOAA.

Are Fish Noisier Today Than They Were 70 Years Ago?

August 22, 2022 | Dave Shaw

Using a new acoustic recording device, a research team captured the underwater soundscape and compared it to recordings that the U.S. Navy made decades ago.

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: 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.