Calling All Anglers!

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Does Restricting Fishing Activity Actually Benefit Reef Fish?

August 9, 2021 | Dave Shaw

New science explores the effectiveness of marine protected areas.

Can GoPros on Remotely Operated Vehicles Measure the Size of Reef Fish?

August 2, 2021 | Dave Shaw

New research shows that dual small action cameras on ROVs more effectively provide data about the length of fish for a wider range of species than previous methods that use lasers.

Image: Adult white shrimp (Litopenaeus setiferus), courtesy of NOAA.

Can We Monitor Juvenile Shrimp With Microchips?

July 26, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Scientists test a new technology that’s similar to your car’s EZ-Pass in order to track individual shrimp.

Can “Accelerometers” Confirm Life Jacket Use on Boats?

July 19, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Technology already exists that might improve safety at sea.

Do Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks Get Smarter as They Get Older?

July 12, 2021 | Dave Shaw

This shark’s brain never stops growing throughout its entire life, especially the regions responsible for motor control and sense of smell.

Do Innovations for Recreational Fishing Create Challenges for Fisheries Management?

July 5, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Research shows that challenges and opportunities arise when anglers use new technology.

What’s the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Carcass Collection Program?

June 28, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Anglers have donated over 4000 fish to inform stock assessments, and this year’s red snapper mini-season from July 9 to 11 offers another chance to help.

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

June 21, 2021 | Dave Shaw

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

Chesapeake Bay oyster reef image via NOAA

Does Protecting Oyster Reefs Benefit Other Marine Organisms?

June 14, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Creating no-harvest zones on oyster reefs helps the fish — and crustaceans living on the reefs, too.

image of Atlantic menhaden

Where Are You Most Likely to Find Juvenile Atlantic Menhaden?

June 7, 2021 | Dave Shaw

New research shows that many small schools of “the most important fish in the sea” live close together in shallow creek waters.