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Nov 27, 2023

You Caught a Tagged Fish – Now What?

Report it and claim your reward. 

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Nov 20, 2023

Does the Size of a Red Drum Affect its Recovery After Catch-and-Release?

New research reveals that larger fish react differently than smaller fish. 

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Nov 13, 2023

Are Anglers and Commercial Fishers Accidentally Catching More Sea Turtles Than We Previously Thought?

A new model shows when and why turtles along the Southeast coast are at risk. 

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Oct 23, 2023

Are Fishing Guides Role Models?

About 500 former clients of charter fishing guides weighed in on the issue. 

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Oct 16, 2023

How to Increase the Survival Rate for Black Sea Bass After Release 

Fish often sustain injuries when captured from deep waters, jeopardizing their survival... 

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

Sep 11, 2023

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

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

Aug 7, 2023

Can Fish Escape Waters That Are Harmfully Low on Oxygen?

New research shows that spot flee quickly when oxygen levels are unsafe. 

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Jun 12, 2023

What if Fishing Tournaments Could Be Great Competitions and Helpful to Science?

New research looks at whether historical records from recreational fishing tournaments can be a useful source of information about long-term trends in recreational fisheries. 

May 8, 2023

What Was Early Sportfishing Like in Coastal North Carolina?

The thrill was not only in the fish putting up a good fight but in catching as many fish as possible. 

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May 1, 2023

What Do We Know About Population Growth in Reef Fishes?

A new study uncovers some consistent patterns in Atlantic reef fishes, including snappers and groupers.