Migratory fish have long played a significant role in the recreational and commercial fisheries that contribute to the economy of North Carolina and their value was recognized long before European settlement, but overfishing has taken a toll in more recent times.
“Our coast is quite literally our lifeline. And it is being increasingly sabotaged by plastic. So why aren’t our businesses and policy-makers doing something about it? ” writes Oceana’s Randy Sturgill.
Their defensive strategy can be amusing to watch and their powerful teeth can crush almost any kind of shellfish — northern puffers are a strange but familiar sight in North Carolina waters.
Coastal North Carolina is home to two kinds of foxes and also the wily coyotes, and it can be important to know the differences.
Kemp Burdette of Cape Fear River Watch and Ann Colley of the Moore Charitable Foundation write that there’s an overlooked connection in our own backyards that funnels plastics toward major bodies of water and eventually the world’s oceans.
Photographer Jared Lloyd, who recently captured images of an algal bloom in Edenton for Coastal Review, shares what exposure to the green slime’s toxic fumes is like. Spoiler alert: It’s no fun.
The report released Monday by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change paints a dire picture, but North Carolina is bucking its reputation for climate change denialism and slowly moving toward.
Atlantic wahoo is one of the East Coast’s most prized gamefish, but a number of factors create management challenges for the popular species.
Ocracoke Island and other areas of the Outer Banks have seen encouraging numbers of red knots passing through on their marathon migration during the past few springs, a good sign for the shorebird species’ recovery.
Known in sportfishing lore for their spectacular leaps when hooked, Atlantic tarpon could become a catch-and-release-only species in North Carolina.
Coastal Review is recognizing Shark Week this week with a special Nature Notes on the sharks that inhabit North Carolina waters.
Dr. Richard Hilderman of Sunset Beach, where the Corps of Engineers has recently approved permits for a terminal groin, contends that responsibility for protecting the coastal environment has been placed in the hands of engineers, rather than natural resource agencies and coastal scientists.
Powerful fighters that can test any anglers’ tackle and ability to land them, greater amberjack are often called “reef donkeys.”
Alana Harrison, Hatteras Village seafood market owner and fish dealer, worries that shoaling in Hatteras Inlet will cause local commercial fishermen to relocate to neighboring fishing ports.
These predators hunt for food on the sea floor using their hog-like snouts to make meals of mollusks and crustaceans, but their sex lives are far more unusual than that of most farm animals.
It’s that time of year, when North Carolina’s migratory fish species — river herring, Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon and American eel — are making their annual trips upriver to spawn.