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Climate Change

image: Natural reef off the Florida coast.

Nov 6, 2023

Should We Be Worried About Ciguatera Fish Poisoning in Offshore NC Waters?

Reef composition and changing environmental factors are key to better understanding this potential threat. 

May 15, 2023

Are Fish Leaving Warming Waters?

Rising ocean temperatures are forcing many species to abandon their territories. 

Apr 3, 2023

Are East Coast Anglers Catching Tunas, Sharks, and Billfishes Farther North?

Trends from a longstanding recreational survey can help anglers, tournaments, and communities plan for changing fisheries. 

image: piping plover.

Dec 5, 2022

Can We Really Protect the Piping Plover?

A new study looked at the long-term mating habits of these birds before and after protective measures went into effect. 

image: Southern flounder.

Oct 17, 2022

Is Climate Change Making More Flounder Male Than Female?

A new study looks at why populations of southern flounder are declining in the Southeast and the Gulf of Mexico. 

image of snook fish; courtesy Florida Fish & Wildlife

Jul 18, 2022

Are More Warm-Water Fish Calling the North Carolina Coast Home?

Research to identify the expanding northward range of fish species includes a recent study of snook off the coast of South Carolina, just 60 miles south of the North Carolina border. 

image: man holds a Spanish mackeral.

Jun 27, 2022

How Do Hurricanes Affect Fish Populations on the North Carolina Coast?

The news media and the data often tell two different stories. 

Pictured here is a Goliath grouper piercing through a school of baitfish. Laura Rock/NOAA.

Mar 14, 2022

Are Fish Headed North?

Warming waters means hundreds of fish species — including some of the most economically important to the United States — will be on the move. 

Dec 20, 2021

Will a Warming Atlantic Ocean Shorten the Lifespan of Your Favorite Fish?

A small rise in temperature in the north Atlantic off Nova Scotia is likely to increase the natural mortality rate of many marine fishes in the region. 

Jan 11, 2021

Is Climate Change Affecting Fish in NC Waters?

Fish larvae are entering Beaufort Inlet earlier in the year than they have before.