Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for Coastwatch Vol. Issue 4, Autumn 2015
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Typically, North Carolina beaches only report one or two shark bites per year. 2015 has been an unusual year with eight beachgoers receiving shark bites in the months of June and July. Shark researchers at UNC Chapel Hill and East Carolina University describe their findings regarding changes in shark breeding and feeding patterns, while also discussing how this relates to the sharp increase in bites.
Southern flounder fishermen use specialized nets called gill nets to catch fish, but endangered sea turtle species often get caught in these nets. In the recent past, the government threatened to close estuarine gill net fisheries. However, a series of agencies work with the national Marine Fisheries to ensure that these gill net fisheries stay open and that endangered species are protected.
UNC Wilmington scientists conducted research about growing oysters in North Carolina with the hope to build the oyster aquaculture industry in the state. They developed tools and surveyed the state's aquaculture operations with the help of the North Carolina Sea Grant.
The Carolina bays, which include places like Lake Waccamaw and White Lake, are natural wonders of North Carolina. The author discusses the prevailing theories of these bays' origins, as well as the array of wildlife and vegetation found there.
Tom Harrison, director of the Washington County Travel and Tourism Authority, hopes to create a driving route along the Roanoke River for tourists to take on their way to the Outer Banks. The route, called Cut the Corner, is an effort to bring more tourists to the northeastern part of North Carolina, while saving travelers 27 miles on their drive to the beach. Stops along this route include Weldon, Halifax, Sylvan Heights Bird Park, and Plymouth.