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December 5, 2014 | Sandra Harris


E-Ching Lee, 919-515-9098,

Posted Friday, December 5, 2014

North Carolina commercial fishermen have plenty on their minds — whether or not they have a lot in their nets. However, at a time when commercial fishermen and the industry are disappearing, the demand for local catch is rising. In North Carolina Sea Grant’s Coastwatch Holiday 2014 issue, Devika Banerji follows the often circuitous route that local fish take from water to plate.Coastwatch Holiday 2014 cover

Rhett Register checks in on two recent North Carolina Sea Grant-funded research projects focusing on lost or abandoned crab pots and other gear. Find out what he learns.

The North Carolina Seafood Availability poster has a new look. The new double-sided poster divides the North Carolina coast into two regions — North and South. Use this insert to learn about the seasonality of the top 12 species of fish and shellfish commonly harvested in these regions.

Each year, several North Carolina graduate students are selected by North Carolina Sea Grant for the prestigious national Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. Rebecca Nagy and Katie Mosher catch up with three former fellows for answers to “Where Are They Now?”

E-Ching Lee highlights the N.C. Coastal Policy Fellowship of the N.C. Coastal Resources Law, Planning, and Policy Center. The fellowship — awarded annually to two North Carolina-based graduate students — fosters research addressing a coastal policy issue within the state’s 20 coastal counties. The 2014 fellows also discuss their coastal policy issues.

At this time of the year, there’s wrapping up from the cold, holiday gift wrapping — and then there’s cooking in wrap. We share a few recipes from Mariner’s Menu that package seafood for cooking and are sure to wow your guests this holiday season. In addition, Barry Nash explains how to select and prepare frozen seafood.

Lee and Register introduce several North Carolina graduate students with new fellowship appointments.

Marla Vacek Broadfoot questions Sea Grant specialist Spencer Rogers about ocean waves.

Until Dec. 31, 2014, we are offering a buy-one, gift-one holiday special on one-year subscriptions to the magazine. Find out more here.

Coastwatch is the flagship publication of North Carolina Sea Grant. Many current and past Coastwatch stories can be viewed online at To request a sample copy of Coastwatch, write to Coastwatch, North Carolina Sea Grant, NC State University, Box 8605, Raleigh, NC 27695-8605; call 919-515-9101; or send an email to


NOTE TO EDITORS: The text of stories that appear in Coastwatch may be reprinted with the following credit: Reprinted from Coastwatch, a publication of North Carolina Sea Grant. For a complimentary copy, call 919-515-9101 or send an email to

For reprint requests regarding photos in Coastwatch, contact E-Ching Lee, 919-515-9098,

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