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March 22, 2017 | Sandra Harris


E-Ching Lee, 919-515-9098,

In some form or another, Coastwatch has been in existence since 1974 — 43 years. In the Winter 2017 issue of North Carolina Sea Grant’s awarding-winning, flagship magazine, join us on a walk down memory lane to re-experience a few of the hot topics we’ve covered, places we’ve visited and people we’ve met.Coastwatch Winter 2017 cover

Take a peek into coastal North Carolina research as E-Ching Lee introduces readers to ongoing projects funded by Sea Grant and its partners. Astrid Schnetzer explains what happens when algal blooms die. Lee checks in on a group of Hatteras high-school students attempting to get their peers to eat cape shark. Danielle Keller describes how changing seagrass cover in the state’s waters might affect juvenile fish. Through collaborative research on the Outer Banks, Chowan University undergraduate students are studying with researchers James “Bo” Dame and Heather McGuire to learn about wetland accretion and change.

Where are they now? Janna Sasser catches up with former N.C. Marine Fisheries Fellows, who are conducting research from the continental shelf of Florida to the lakes of Oregon.

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew’s devastation, state and local officials are looking for creative solutions from university faculty and students. Michele Walker explains how special teams are helping to restore or replace community and personal treasures after a flood.

For early settlers along the East Coast, bays, streams, sounds and ocean waters provided a diversity of fish and shellfish. Seafood became a staple food partly due to necessity, and has lasted as an emblem of the Southern diet. From Joyce Taylor’s Mariner’s Menu: 30 Years of Fresh Seafood Ideas, we share recipes for Carolina fish stew, fish chowder, and rich scallop soup — all with the flavors of Down East.

North Carolina is home to animals that have developed a multitude of ways to care for their young. Emily White examines the family dynamics of several coastal species.

We share a poem by Cynthia Sharpe, a former Sea Grant communications intern with an English degree from NC State University. Titled Renewal, it shares the hope of a new year. Check it out and the scenic photos of winter settings.

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


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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