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for Coastwatch Vol. Issue , Autumn 2006
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Michael P. Voiland, assistant director for research and development at Cornell University, is the new director of North Carolina Sea Grant. He succeeds Roland G. Hodson, who is retiring June 30, 2006. Voiland has held a number of positions for the past thirty years in New York's Sea Grant and Land Grant programs, including Great Lakes program coordinator and associate director and extension program leader for New York Sea Grant.
For more than thirty years Sea Grant has emphasized solid, peer-reviewed scientific research that can be applied to the real-world problems and issues facing North Carolina's coasts. Angione highlights some of the research projects that include aquaculture, ecosystems and habitats, and seafood science and technology.
Red drum gets its name from its reddish-brown color and from the drum-like noise produced by spawning males. North Carolina red drum can weigh over forty pounds. Researchers have been tagging this fish for a number of years and found one fish traveled 188 miles from Hatteras Island to the Chesapeake Bay. The average distance between tagging and recapture locations is twenty nautical miles, and the longest time a red drum was in the water between tagging and recapture was almost twelve years.
According to the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, North Carolina has the highest number of strandings, per unit length of beach, of any state along the Atlantic coast. In 2004, one hundred and thirty-nine mammals stranded on the state's coastline. Harris reports on a stranding of thirty-three pilot whales on the beach in southern Nags Head on January 15, 2005.