Coastwatch: Finding Fish In A Lot of Water

Finding Fish In A Lot of Water

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North Carolina’s coastal waters and unique location bring a bounty of fish to our shores.Finding Fish is the second segment of our Coastwatch on North Carolina Now series that explores coastal issues in our state. Producer Heather Burgiss and Photographer Mike O’Connell uncover some of the tricks of the trade when it comes to finding fish both for recreational and commercial fishing industries.

In Finding Fish you will hear from North Carolina Sea Grant Fisheries Extension Specialist Sara Mirabilio, as she explains how Cape Hatteras is a natural breaking point for a diversity of fish populations. Learn how shifting currents near our shores create one of the most unique fishing areas in the world.

The series also explores the latest in marine electronics and technology. We talk to Paul Mann and see how his boat building business and designs must meet the tests of finding fish in rough and demanding waters. Learn how Captain Kenneth Brown employs the help of global positioning systems, chart plotters, and satellite imagery to make a day of charter boat fishing as efficient as possible. The series also explores the changing nature of the commercial fishing industry and how using technology to target fish is one with economic pros and cons.

Curriculum Alignment for North Carolina Standard Course of Study (8th Grade Science) - The segment Finding Fish is aligned to NCSCS's 8th grade science curriculum in the following areas:

  • 1.06 – Use math to gather, organize, and present quantitative data: 
graphing and prediction models
  • 1.09 – Use technologies and information systems to research, gather
, analyze and visualize data


  • 3.02 – Explain the structure of the hydrosphere


  • 3.03 – Evaluate evidence that the ocean is a reservoir of nutrients; evaluate the value and sustainability of marine resources
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3.04 – Describe how terrestrial and aquatic food webs are interconnected


  • 3.05 – Analyze hydrospheric data, including temperature
  • 3.06 – Evaluate technologies and information systems used to monitor 
the hydrosphere


  • 3.07 – Describe how humans affect water quality, including point and nonpoint pollution
  • 3.08 – Recognize that the good health of environments and organisms requires monitoring the hydrosphere, water quality standards, and stewardship