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for Coastwatch Vol. Issue , Autumn 1998
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Twelve years ago, using N.C. Sea Grant research, Lee Brothers of Aurora became the first person in the nation to pond-raise hybrid sea bass commercially. The fish, a cross between a striped bass and a white fish, generates around $3.5 million annually in the state. Brothers now markets about a million pounds of fish yearly.
Paleoecologist Sherri Cooper of Duke University is studying core samples from the Neuse and Pamlico estuaries to build a history of the water quality over the centuries. Such studies may reveal some answers about how water quality declined and how possibly it might be regained.
Every fall for decades, fishermen have made the trek to the tip of Cape Hatteras. There, where the Gulf Stream and the Labrador Current surge by, is some of the best autumn fishing to be found.
Striped bass fishing is at its best off the Outer Banks from September to March. However, it was not always so. In the 1970s, the species was in decline. Congressional passage of the Emergency Striped Bass Management Act began the recovery, which now allows fishermen once again to enjoy fishing for striped bass.
Construction has a great deal to do in determining whether or not a house survives a hurricane or coastal storm. Building techniques include deep piling foundations on ocean-front homes and commercial shutter systems.