Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for Coastwatch Vol. Issue 3, Summer 2017
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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. The environment and social conditions that caused the act to be passed are discussed by key figures involved in acts creation.
The reproductive practices of marine and estuarine animals are detailed for young and old readers. Reproduction, fertilization, the gender of aquatic animals, population size, and environmental cues are all defined and discussed with examples provided. Included is a glossary of terms.
The partnership between oyster fishermen and scientists is a unique one. The Sandbar Oyster Company and the Institute of Marine Sciences of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill work together with local knowledge with scientific knowledge and data to harvest and study North Carolina’s oysters. Their partnership is good for business, education, and research.
The boring sponge is narrowing the regions that are open to shellfish harvests free of the infestation. The boring sponge has a major effect on oyster populations and pose an economic problem to oyster farmers. The author discusses a study he created to test how oysters were affected by the substrate on which the oysters grow. The results of the study and the problem are detailed.
Last year, more than 4,3000 lost or abandoned crab pots were removed from state waters. The crab pots pose many problems to wildlife and humans. The problem and the task of recovering the pots is detailed.