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What Do Anglers Think of the Great Red Snapper Count?

November 21, 2022 | Dave Shaw

Researchers wanted to learn more about people’s views related to the accuracy of the count and the science behind it.

Do Self-Releasing Hooks Minimize Fish Injuries During Catch-and-Release?

November 14, 2022 | Dave Shaw

A bite-shortened hook, designed to release fish without handling, shows promise.

Are Young Great Whites Swimming Coastal Carolina Waters?

November 7, 2022 | Dave Shaw

New research shows these sharks might not be spending their winters where we expected. 

How Much Ocean Floor Off the Southeast Coast Do Natural Reefs Occupy?

October 31, 2022 | Dave Shaw

And how much more territory belongs to natural reefs than to artificial reefs?

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?

October 24, 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?

Is Climate Change Making More Flounder Male Than Female?

October 17, 2022 | Dave Shaw

A new study looks at why populations of southern flounder are declining in the Southeast and the Gulf of Mexico.

Bluefish illustration.

Do Contaminants Affect the Bluefish Population?

October 10, 2022 | Dave Shaw

Scientists looked at whether PCBs and pesticides are leaving a chemical “fingerprint.”

Can the Sounds of Courting Fish Help Predict the Number of Offspring?

October 3, 2022 | Dave Shaw

South Carolina scientists compared underwater fish sounds and environmental data with the numbers of young fish they collected.

What Can Twitter Tell Us About Red Tides?

September 26, 2022 | Dave Shaw

A new study compared tweets and scientific counts of algae during a year-long red tide.

image: fish with tag.

You Caught a Tagged Fish – Now What?

September 19, 2022 | Dave Shaw

Report it and claim your reward.