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.

Does it Help to Look at the Big Picture When Managing Menhaden?

March 28, 2022 | Dave Shaw

A new model accounts for a number of factors that influence the populations of Atlantic menhaden and other species.

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.