Unmanned surface vehicle with 3 of the 4 Principal Investigators

Unmanned Surface Vehicle Launched

May 11, 2016 | CMAST

The construction of a custom-built Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) for NC State/CMAST was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, and will provide a robotic, shallow-water survey platform for seafloor and water quality…

Tag, You’re It!

October 13, 2015 | CMAST

“So, a gray triggerfish that’s caught and then thrown back for whatever reason, what sort of shot does that fish have of making it?” This is a question CMAST’s Brendan Runde asked hypothetically as he…

The Past Uncovered

July 20, 2015 | CMAST

Scanning sonar from a scientific expedition has revealed the remains of a previously unknown shipwreck more than a mile deep off the North Carolina coast. Artifacts on the wreck indicate it might date to the…

Can Fish Shape Predict Optimal Mesh Size in Traps

December 10, 2014 | CMAST

Minimum fish size limits have increased several times over the history of the commercial trap fishery for black sea bass in ocean waters off the US South Atlantic states. However, minimum trap mesh size limits…

CMAST Explores the Deepest of the Deep

December 8, 2014 | CMAST

Scientists plunged more than 6,500 feet in the submarine Alvin to investigate the underwater communities that thrive among methane gas bubbles and seeping hydrogen sulfide in the Gulf of Mexico. Activated floodlights revealed the mysterious…

Bucking Conventional Wisdom, Researchers Find Black Sea Bass Tougher Than Expected

April 16, 2014 | CMAST

In a new study, fisheries researchers from North Carolina State University found that black sea bass (Centropristis striata) can usually survive the physical trauma that results from being hauled up from deep water then released…

Listen Up: Oysters May Use Sound to Select a Home

November 26, 2013 | CMAST

Oysters begin their lives as tiny drifters, but when they mature they settle on reefs. New research from North Carolina State University shows that the sounds of the reef may attract the young oysters, helping…