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Fishermen drift through Mason Inlet

Jun 29, 2023

Are You Wearing a Life Jacket?

A social media campaign sheds new light on an old challenge. And you can spread the word, too. 

a humpback whale breaching

Jan 2, 2023

How Do Humpback Whales Behave Around Busy Atlantic Seaports?

New research reveals what happens when humpback whales and boats of all sizes frequent the same high traffic areas at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. 

Sep 12, 2022

Do Wildlife Management Areas Support Local Businesses? 

New research shows how visitors to wildlife management areas — including hunters, anglers, and boaters — make significant contributions to the local and statewide economy. 

image: Recreational boater family cruises the ICW behind Figure Eight Island.

Sep 1, 2022

Can Boating Cause Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Danger is in the air — and you can’t see or smell it. 

image: Boaters and their dog speed south down the Intracoastal Waterway near Figure Eight Island.

Jun 30, 2022

Boating Under the Influence Can Be Lethal

Any level of alcohol intake increases the risk of death on the water. 

image: derelict rope.

Jun 6, 2022

Is Rope Polluting our Waterways?

Plastic is everywhere — even in maritime rope. 

May 26, 2022

What Are the Barriers to Life Jacket Use?

Life jackets save lives, but many recreational boaters don’t wear them. Here's why. 

Aug 16, 2021

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

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. 

Jul 5, 2021

Do Innovations for Recreational Fishing Create Challenges for Fisheries Management?

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

Apr 19, 2021

What Should We Do With a Fleet of Boats When It Wears Out?

A new project points the way to more sustainable solutions for fiberglass vessels that have reached the end of their operating lives.