Cape Cod Dogfish Tagging Round 2

Finally managed to get enough time between recuperating from the trip and moving apartments to sit down and give you all a recap of what I and the rest of the Rulifson lab have been up to for the past week or so.  As you…

Playing With Sharks in Charleston

As mentioned in my previous post, I’ve spent the weekend in Charleston hanging out with David “WhySharksMatter” Shiffman and taking part in the coastal shark survey run out of the Charleston SCDNR lab.  Since most of my work has been based on trawl data, I…

Sharkin’!

Tomorrow I head down to Charleston to do a little shark fishing with Dave “WhySharksMatter” Shiffman.  This should be an interesting change of pace from spiny dogfish, though I’ve played with larger sharks (some larger than me) before.  I’m looking forward to being introduced to…

New Pier on the Block

  I just got back from a nice, much-needed weekend in the Outer Banks, and had an opportunity to check out the latest addition to the Nags Head coastline.  Jennette’s Pier has a long history among Outer Banks fishing piers, but was blown away shortly…

NOAA Asks Fishermen to Release Makos

NOAA/NMFS has released a statement asking commercial fishermen to release mako sharks caught alive.  They also ask that fishermen report where the makos are released so they can update their information on mako movements and distribution.  The reason for this is that stock assessment research…

The Cape Cod Tagging Recap

The past few posts have been quick short-form recaps of what’s been going on that day.  Now that I’m back in town (after we called the trip early due to weather) I finally have a chance to upload the pictures from the trip and give…

Where the #@$8* Are the Dogfish!?

Just a brief one today. Yesterday we got out on the water again for what should have been a nice half-day excursion to wrap up this round of tagging and surgically implant acoustic receivers into live dogfish.  What it turned into was a comedy of…

Updates from the Field (No Pictures Yet…)

I want to start this post off by apologizing for forgetting the upload cable for my camera.  Because of this glaring oversight, I won’t be able to post any pictures from the trip until I get back.  Here’s hoping I describe everything well enough to…

How to Not Catch Dogfish

Even the biggest fan of spiny dogfish can’t deny that these little sharks sure are great at choking up entire nets.  This is especially problematic for commercial fishermen who are trying to catch anything other than dogfish, and particularly for fishermen targeting silver hake, one…

Spring Dogfish Sightings

It’s that time of year again, when spiny dogfish theoretically head out from North Carolina waters on their way back up to New England for the summer.  However, last year there were reports of dogfish sticking around Morehead City and Cape Lookout until mid-June, and…