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Aquaculture

A Comparative Case Study of Virginia and North Carolina's Oyster Aquaculture Development
A Supply Chain Analysis of North Carolina's Commercial Fishing Industry
A Guide to Seafood Sanitation Procedures: Handling Seafood Safely
A Self-Guide to HACCP Management for Small Seafood Dealers, Packers and Processors
An Inventory of North Carolina Fish Houses
An Inventory of North Carolina Fish Houses: Five-Year Update
Avoiding Ammonia and Nitrite Toxicity in Hybrid Striped Bass Hatcheries and Ponds.
Blue Crab Aquaculture in Ponds
Branding Seafood: Developing a Marketing Plan to Sell Value-Added Seafood Products
Building and Using Crab Pounds to Catch Peelers
Bycatch Reduction in the Shrimp Fishery: Reduced-Grid Turtle Excluder Device Decreases Bycatch Without Shrimp Loss
Circle Hook Offshore (DVD)
Circle Hooks: A Way to Reduce Injury and Mortality in Grouper?
Closed Blue Crab Shedding Systems: Understanding Water Quality
Closed Crab Shedding System: Protein Skimmers
Closed Crab Shedding System: Quick Reference Guide
Coastal Science Serving North Carolina: North Carolina Sea Grant Strategic Plan 2009-2014
Coastal Science Serving North Carolina: North Carolina Sea Grant Strategic Plan 2014-2017
Effluents from Hybrid Striped Bass Ponds
Farming a New Fish: Hybrid Striped Bass (manual)
Fishery Resource Grant Program: Abstracts of Completed Projects 1995-1997
Fishery Resource Grant Program: Abstracts of Completed Projects 1998-2001
Fishing for Good Ideas: Writing a Fishery Resource Grant
Flounder Aquaculture and Stock Enhancement in North Carolina: Issues, Opportunities and Recommendations
Fresh, Local is Preferred: Ensuring the Quality of Wild-Caught Shrimp
Improved Flow-Through Shedding Using Sand Filtration
Improved Production of Hybrid Striped Bass Fingerlings Through Better Feeding Practices
Management Strategies for North Carolina's Estuarine Shoreline: Executive Summary from the Report of the Estuarine Policy Steering Committee
Management Strategies for North Carolina's Estuarine Shoreline: Report of the Estuarine Policy Steering Committee
North Carolina Fisheries Forum (2009)
North Carolina Sea Grant Annual Report 2001
North Carolina Sea Grant Annual Report 2002
North Carolina Sea Grant Highlights 2009-2010
North Carolina Sea Grant Implementation Plan 2002-2004
North Carolina Sea Grant: Coastal Science Serving North Carolina
North Carolina Sea Grant: Your Link to Research and Resources for a Healthier Coast
North Carolina Sea Grant: Your link to research and resources for a healthier coast (Updated 2014)
North Carolina Under Dock Oyster Culture Manual
North Carolina's Shellfish Industry: Site Conditions and Economic Impacts
Participate in North Carolina's Oyster Shell Recycling Program
Purchasing Seafood: Answering Questions of Mercury in North Carolina-Caught Species
Reducing Peeler and Soft Crab Mortality: From Harvesting to Delivery
Returns On Investments
Selecting an Aquaculture Site in North Carolina
Shedding Soft Crabs in a Closed Well-Water System
Shellfish 4 Us: Backyard Shellfish Gardening
Synopsis of the Seventh North Carolina Marine Recreational Fishing Forum: Improving Engagement with the Recreational Fishing Community
Turning the Tide on North Carolina's Oyster Stocks
Using Grass Carp to Control Aquatic Weed Vegetation
Value-Added Technology: Developing a Smoked Soft Crab
White-Belly Crabs: Possible Solutions to Waste in the Blue Crab Fishery