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image: Andros Island Bahamas.

Sep 25, 2023

How Do You Generate Long-Term Support for Marine Conservation?

Researchers journeyed to a community that has protected marine areas for two decades to find the answers. Research Need Many coastal communities rely on healthy fisheries for economic stability and… 

Lionfish. Credit: NOAA.

Sep 18, 2023

Can We Use Deepwater Traps to Catch Lionfish?

Scientists compared how three different traps worked on the invasive species. 

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. 

image: microscope's view of Vibrio vulnificus.

Sep 1, 2023

How Can We Avoid Vibrio Infections?

Safety guidelines can help you steer clear of Vibrio infections. And you can learn when it’s time to get help. 

Greater amberjack in ocean waters.

Aug 28, 2023

Can We Use Video to Estimate the Numbers of Amberjack?

With underwater cameras trained on various amberjack species in the Southeast, scientists tried to gauge population trends for the fish. 

image: fisher on a pier.

Aug 21, 2023

Are shoreline anglers satisfied with fishing regulations?

The answer probably depends on why they fish.  

image: black sea bass on a reef.

Aug 14, 2023

What’s the Best Way to Count Reef Fish?

Scientists compared two methods — high definition video and wire traps — to see which better sampled an array of fish off the Southeast coast. 

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. 

Jul 31, 2023

Have Bigger Sharks Given Way to Smaller Sharks Along the North Carolina Coast?

Over the last 50 years, many shark species have trended toward smaller-sized individuals around Cape Lookout. 

A summer flounder recently caught on a wooden dock

Jul 27, 2023

The Most Popular Flounder Posts on Hook, Line & Science

Posts on flounder identification, historic dock photos and North Carolina shrimp were the most read during the first six months of 2020.