Calling All Anglers!

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What Are the Barriers to Life Jacket Use?

May 18, 2020 | Dave Shaw

Saturday kicked off National Safe Boating Week. Sea Grant reminds recreational boaters to embrace safety including life jacket use.

Which Region’s Saltwater Anglers Catch the Most Fish?

May 11, 2020 | Dave Shaw

Is it the Atlantic Coast, Gulf of Mexico, or Pacific Coast?

Can Insight from Ancient Oysters Provide Solutions for Modern Oyster Management?

April 27, 2020 | Dave Shaw

The fossil record may suggest keys to protecting the modern-day species.

What Attracts Blacktip Sharks to Fishing Piers?

April 20, 2020 | Dave Shaw

Research shows the number of anglers makes a difference.

What’s Up With NC Shrimp?

April 13, 2020 | Dave Shaw

Are we catching more shrimp offshore during the winter and spring?

What Will Historic Dock Photos Reveal about Fisheries?

March 30, 2020 | Dave Shaw

Citizen scientists will help to fill in the gaps.

What Affects the Size of Juvenile Southern Flounder?

March 23, 2020 | Dave Shaw

Recent findings highlight how differences in salinity and diet impact growth.

Does Hand-Crank Electrofishing Help Battle Invasive Catfish?

March 16, 2020 | Dave Shaw

Hand-crank electrofishing — or “telephoning” — is a recreational fishing technique that has been legal in North Carolina since 1985. As the name suggests, it involves using a telephone generator to produce low-voltage alternating current by turning a hand crank, which stuns catfish.

What Keeps Striped Bass Populations from Rebounding?

March 9, 2020 | Dave Shaw

New modelling suggests why the species hasn’t recovered in the Neuse River.

Do Anglers Want Creature Comforts at Access Sites?

March 2, 2020 | Dave Shaw

The answer changes according to their age, gender, and other demographics.