image: derelict rope.

Is Rope Polluting our Waterways?

June 6, 2022 | Dave Shaw

Plastic is everywhere — even in maritime rope.

What Are the Barriers to Life Jacket Use?

May 26, 2022 | Dave Shaw

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

image: Shrimp with Fennel, photo by Vanda Lewis

How Do Plant-Based Seafood Substitutes Compare to the Real Thing?

May 23, 2022 | Dave Shaw

A new study looked at protein, salt, and other nutritional ingredients in over 200 seafood products.

How Do North Carolina Residents Rate the Water Quality at our Coast?

May 16, 2022 | Dave Shaw

It depends on where they live.

How Often Do Sharks Swipe the Catch?

May 9, 2022 | Dave Shaw

A new study reveals that avid anglers are no strangers to opportunistic sharks — and this could impact shark conservation.

Image: NOAA scientists tag and measure a blue marlin.

Where Can Anglers Find Blue Marlin?

May 2, 2022 | Dave Shaw

A new study reveals the depths and temperatures that blue marlin prefer.

How Does Seagrass React to Environmental Changes?

April 25, 2022 | Dave Shaw

Genetically diverse seagrass beds on the North Carolina coast might be able to adapt better than seagrass that grows elsewhere.

Do We Understand the Power of Fishing for Food?

April 18, 2022 | Dave Shaw

From the water’s edge to the heart of the community: fishing for food is far more than a pastime.

What Are the Top 10 Most Common Types of Trash on the NC Coast?

April 11, 2022 | Dave Shaw

Last year’s coastal trash included a garter belt and a windshield — but fishing gear made up less than 1% of the items that people picked up.

image: American shad, via USFWS.

Where Do American Shad Like to Spawn?

April 4, 2022 | Dave Shaw

When these fish return to the Albemarle Sound to reproduce, they prefer one river basin — by far.