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for Wildlife in North Carolina Vol. 30 Issue 10, Oct 1966
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In this second of two articles on shrimp, McCoy and McKenzie discuss research projects. Between April and August 1966, the North Carolina Commercial and Sports Fisheries Research and Development Section released approximately 10,000 marked spotted shrimp and 7,000 marked brown shrimp in waters near the Morehead City-Beaufort area in Carteret County. The project seeks to learn where shrimp migrate after leaving the sounds; the mortality rate due to natural causes; how the abundance of shrimp can be predicted for a particular season; and the growth rate of young shrimp. Commercial fishermen participate in the project by returning any marked shrimp they harvest.
The northern water snake is harmless to man, but it is often killed by fishermen and others who believe it to be dangerous. In the state this species is found primarily in the Piedmont and in the mountains at an elevation up to 3,500 feet. Its favorite habitats are streams, rivers, lakes, and farm ponds. The water snake, a beneficial predator, prefers amphibians and fishes for food. It is of prime importance in controlling fish populations and preventing small specimens from completely taking over a water area.