Calling All Anglers!

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And… calling all scientists! If you’d like to write for Hook, Line & Science about your research, please contact Scott Baker at msbaker@ncsu.edu or Sara Mirabilio at semirabi@ncsu.edu.

What Causes Anglers to Leave Behind Less Fishing Line and Other Litter?

November 29, 2021 | Dave Shaw

A first-of-its-kind study in Patagonia reveals that anglers will litter less when they understand how their activities affect the environment.

What Can Scientists Learn From Ancient Sheepshead Bones?

November 22, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Sheepshead bones recovered from historical sites reveal large-scale changes in population, as well as the forces driving these changes.

Does the Moon Affect Offshore Tournament Catch Rates?

November 15, 2021 | Dave Shaw

A classic study shows how moon phase influences some gamefish more than others.

Would You Rather Keep More Fish Each Day or Fish Longer Seasons?

November 8, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Angler surveys show which tradeoffs they’ll make in order to get the most out of a fishing season.

Are Red Drum Gone With the Wind?

November 1, 2021 | Dave Shaw

A new study looked at several environmental factors and how they affected the numbers of red drum in coastal NC waters.

How Do Humpback Whales Behave Around Busy Atlantic Seaports?

October 25, 2021 | Dave Shaw

New research reveals what happens when humpback whales and boats of all sizes frequent the same high traffic areas at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.

Does Oyster Farming Benefit Other Aquatic Animals?

October 18, 2021 | Dave Shaw

A new study reveals that certain types of oyster farming support comparable or greater rates of predatory feeding than natural oyster reefs.

What Affects the Success of Divers When They Try to Remove Lionfish?

October 11, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Experience — and time of day — are key factors influencing the effectiveness of lionfish removal.

What’s the Status of American Eels in North Carolina’s Tidal Creeks?

October 4, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Scientists looked at whether development on tidal creek terrain affected the survival rate of yellow-phase American eels.

How Can We Increase the Numbers of Fish on Artificial Reefs?

September 27, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Research shows that adding “prey refuge bags” to artificial reefs improves fish populations — and it even raises the chances that anglers will have success.