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image of snook fish; courtesy Florida Fish & Wildlife

Are More Warm-Water Fish Calling the North Carolina Coast Home?

July 18, 2022 | Lauren Pharr

Research to identify the expanding northward range of fish species includes a recent study of snook off the coast of South Carolina, just 60 miles south of the North Carolina border.

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.

How Do Hurricanes Affect Fish Populations on the North Carolina Coast?

June 27, 2022 | Dave Shaw

The news media and the data often tell two different stories.

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?

June 20, 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? Read more in Hook, Line & Science.

image: sunlight glare on water.

Does Ultraviolet Radiation Affect Our Favorite Sport Fish?

June 13, 2022 | Dave Shaw

A new study shows that cobia, snapper, and tuna embryos have a fascinating way of avoiding harmful rays.

image: derelict rope.

Is Rope Polluting our Waterways?

June 6, 2022 | Dave Shaw

Plastic is everywhere — even in maritime rope.

What Are the Barriers to Life Jacket Use?

May 26, 2022 | Dave Shaw

Life jackets save lives, but many recreational boaters don’t wear them. Here’s why.

image: Shrimp with Fennel, photo by Vanda Lewis

How Do Plant-Based Seafood Substitutes Compare to the Real Thing?

May 23, 2022 | Dave Shaw

A new study looked at protein, salt, and other nutritional ingredients in over 200 seafood products.

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

May 16, 2022 | Dave Shaw

It depends on where they live.