Does Hand-Crank Electrofishing Help Battle Invasive Catfish?

March 16, 2020 | Dave Shaw

Hand-crank electrofishing — or “telephoning” — is a recreational fishing technique that has been legal in North Carolina since 1985. As the name suggests, it involves using a telephone generator to produce low-voltage alternating current by turning a hand crank, which stuns catfish.

What Keeps Striped Bass Populations from Rebounding?

March 9, 2020 | Dave Shaw

New modelling suggests why the species hasn’t recovered in the Neuse River.

Do Anglers Want Creature Comforts at Access Sites?

March 2, 2020 | Dave Shaw

The answer changes according to their age, gender, and other demographics.

Do Gray Triggerfish Survive After Catch-and-Release?

February 24, 2020 | Dave Shaw

New science shows they usually don’t.

Are the Number of Adults with a Shellfish Allergy Increasing?

February 17, 2020 | Dave Shaw

Research shows that nearly 3% of adults in our country are allergic to shellfish.

What Is the Status of the World’s Managed Fisheries?

February 10, 2020 | Dave Shaw

On average, fish stocks are increasing in places where they’re managed — and they’re in much worse shape in locations where they aren’t managed.

How Important Is It to Limit Reef Fishing Locations and Seasons?

February 3, 2020 | Dave Shaw

New science shows conservation strategies have worked to rebuild the Nassau grouper population.

Is Climate Change Affecting Sea Turtle Hatchlings?

January 27, 2020 | Dave Shaw

Researchers at UNCW show warming temperatures cause loggerheads to give birth mostly to female offspring. Read more in Hook, Line & Science.

Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Seafood Sleuth?

January 20, 2020 | Dave Shaw

Citizen scientists collected seafood samples to help determine seafood mislabeling — and they did it as well as the experts.

Why Should We Protect Coastal Habitats?

January 13, 2020 | Dave Shaw

Coastal habitats are vital for the state’s important fish species, as well as for fish that migrate along the East Coast.