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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.

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.