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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.

Do Offshore Wind Farms Affect Recreational Fishing?

September 20, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Yes — but maybe not like you’d think they would.

How Do Hurricanes Affect Coral Reef Fish?

September 13, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Underwater sounds can provide important clues about the ecological health of a reef fish community.

Ready for a Pop Quiz on Southern Flounder?

September 6, 2021 | Dave Shaw

The latest science from North Carolina researchers is required reading.

Top left: Three prominent ocellated spots form a triangle on the body of Gulf flounder. Top right: On summer flounder, five ocellated spots form a pattern like the five side of a die. Bottom: Southern flounder have non-ocellated spots. Courtesy of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries

Can You Identify North Carolina’s Three Species of Flounder?

August 30, 2021 | Dave Shaw

It turns out, most anglers can’t. Luckily, NCDMF has some tips.

What Happens to Red Drum and Spotted Seatrout After Live Weigh-Ins at Tournaments?

August 23, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Red drum are slower to leave the area after release, and fewer die after tournaments than spotted sea trout.

What Can Satellite Imagery Tell Us About How Many Boats Visit Reefs?

August 16, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Pioneering research from a joint North Carolina Sea Grant and NC Space Grant research fellow shows that spring and summer months bring the most visitors  — likely due to fishing activity.