How Did People Catch Fish 12,000 Years Ago?

March 21, 2022 | Dave Shaw

An archaeological site has revealed an enormous collection of early hooks, lines, and sinkers — and even evidence of artificial lures.

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

Are Fish Headed North?

March 14, 2022 | Dave Shaw

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

Is There an Environmentally Friendly Way to Keep Hitchhiking Organisms Off Your Boat?

March 7, 2022 | Dave Shaw

Research suggests there is an approach that balances effective boat operation with protection of ecosystems.

Joe Hoyt, Maritime Archaeologist with the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, takes photos of the shipwreck from the submersible. Image courtesy of Carmichael, Project Baseline - Battle of the Atlantic expedition.

Which Fish Congregate Around Deepwater Shipwrecks off North Carolina?

February 28, 2022 | Dave Shaw

Video and laser imaging identified fish by species — and even revealed where on shipwrecks fish liked to hang out.

image: sunset fishing. credit: Don McCullough via CC-BY-2.0,

How Did Anglers Relieve Stress When the Pandemic First Hit?

February 21, 2022 | Dave Shaw

They fished more.

Are You Ready to Go to Fishery Science School?

February 7, 2022 | Dave Shaw

North Carolina Sea Grant’s online evening class series will provide all the fundamentals on the science behind fisheries management.

StriperHub coordinator Ben Reading. credit: NCSU CALS.

Can We Really Mass-Produce Striped Bass?

January 31, 2022 | Dave Shaw

Research shows this species is well-positioned for farming at a commercial scale.

Lionfish. Credit: NOAA.

Can Researchers Detect Lionfish by Analyzing Environmental DNA?

January 24, 2022 | Dave Shaw

A new study suggests that invasive lionfish have spread into unexpected areas.

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

January 17, 2022 | Dave Shaw

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

Do Self-Releasing Hooks Minimize Fish Injuries During Catch-and-Release?

January 10, 2022 | Dave Shaw

A bite-shortened hook, designed to release fish without handling, shows promise.