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for Coastwatch Vol. Issue , Sept/Oct 1995
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Because there are too many fishermen for too few fish, state legislators are studying ways to help the industry. One is a limited entry system that would limit fishermen or vessels, amount of gear used, and size of the catch.
Sea grant scientists are studying the technique of micropropagation, or growing plants in test tubes, as a way to produce plants rapidly to aid wetland restoration.
Volunteers of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, stretching from North Carolina to Texas, are on call twenty-four hours a day to rescue stranded dolphins and to gather data about them. The network also responds to calls about whales, seals, and turtles.
Dolphins and other marine mammals are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 against capture, harassment, and all human contact, except that which is legally authorized.
Autumn along the state's coastline is a time of change, with vivid colors in marshes and maritime forests, fish and fowl migrating, and turtles and other animals resting or hibernating.
Although dolphins are common off the state's coastline, the bottlenose is the one most often seen from the beach. Observers may identify common dolphin behaviors like jumping, tail flips, spinning and surfing.