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Now it’s even easier to stay up to date on the latest science and news. Just check back here for new posts every Monday.

And… calling all scientists! If you’d like to write for Hook, Line & Science about your research, please contact Scott Baker at msbaker@ncsu.edu or Sara Mirabilio at semirabi@ncsu.edu.

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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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Can Social Media Provide Useful Information About Recreational Fisheries?

May 24, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Posts from a Facebook group revealed when and where anglers caught hickory shad and American shad  — and even how they did it....

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Do Water Snakes Get Thirsty?

May 17, 2021 | Dave Shaw

New research shows that snakes in watery habitats are sensitive to dehydration....

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What Do They Spend Your Fishing License Fee On?

May 10, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Here’s the answer inquiring anglers want to know....

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A man holding a mahi-mahi caught off of Hatteras Island.

What Depth and Water Temperature Do Mahi-Mahi Prefer?

May 3, 2021 |

Satellite-tagged mahi-mahi spend about 40% of their time near the surface and 95% of their day in water 77 to 84°F. A quick search online reveals that many anglers want to know the best water...

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