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July 18, 2017 | Sandra Harris


Katie Mosher, 919-515-9069,

The 1997 Fisheries Reform Act significantly changed the fisheries management process in North Carolina. Before the act, there were no comprehensive management plans for important fish and shellfish species. In the Summer 2017 issue of Coastwatch magazine, Susan West highlights the challenges and successes of the landmark legislation.

Terri Kirby Hathaway gives readers a lesson in the reproductive practices of marine and estuarine animals. Learn everything you always wanted to know about sex in the sea.

Get ready for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Join N.C. Space Grant as students capture images for NASA’s Space Grant Eclipse Ballooning Project. The images will air live on NASA’s website and TV channel. E-Ching Lee explains.

A partnership between a scientist and a fisherman — the Sandbar Oyster Company — is successful in the half-shell market and ecological restoration. Katie Mosher checks in. In a related story, Gregory Sorg is working on a substrate that can withstand the boring sponge. Learn how this research is restoring oysters.

On a trip Down East via the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, Kathleen Onorevole meets the folks and sees the sights. Join her for a visit to this corner of North Carolina.

A sense of the coast came to Raleigh this spring as speakers at North Carolina’s Coastal Conference, hosted by Sea Grant, spoke on resilience. Mosher shares highlights.

The 2017 Water Resources Research Institute Annual Conference in March brought together more than research. Diana Hackenburg recaps the events, featuring The Nile Project.

With the summer season comes smoke — grilled smoke that is! So fire up the grill as we share recipes for garlic shrimp, soft-shell crabs and marinated tuna from Mariner’s Menu.

Mosher reports on cleanup efforts of lost and abandoned crab pots through the Crab Pot Removal Pilot Program.

Use tips from the rip current poster inside the back cover to keep everyone safe at the seashore this summer.

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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