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Discovering Coastal Solutions

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Science Café Monday, May 13 • 6-8 pm McCurdy’s Restaurant Atlantic Beach Topic: Sounds of the Sound: Exploring the role of underwater soundscapes Speaker: Ashlee Lillis, Ph.D. student, NC State University, Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, CMAST

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CMAST: Acting Locally and Reaching Globally NC State is committed to being “locally responsive and globally engaged.” Research at CMAST follows suit, by focusing not only on marine life and the coastal areas of North Carolina and the nation, but also globally. Interacting globally can provide unique perspectives, the exchange of ideas, collaborations, partnerships, discoveries, sharing of resources, and strengthening positions for funding. Here are a few of the international projects associated with CMAST. Trinidad Dr. Craig Harms with Clinical Sciences of the College of Veterinary Medicine worked with a team of researchers in response to bycatch of sea turtles (leatherback, green and loggerhead) occurring in longline fisheries, which utilize light sticks as an attractant when fishing for swordfish, tuna and other types of fish. Unfortunately the light sticks also attract sea turtles. Research was performed on the island of Trinidad in the Caribbean to better understand the visual abilities of the turtles to provide information to support use of alternative sources of light which would continue to attract the fishing catch but limit the attraction and incidental bycatch of turtles.

The School of Veterinary Medicine at The University of the West Indies (UWI) in Trinidad was a key partner for providing pharmacy and clinical pathology services for the study, and Nature Seekers, a local ecotourism company, was essential for logistical support in the field. Because green and loggerhead turtles are easily kept successfully in captivity, making them readily accessible for testing. The leatherback however is very difficult to keep in captivity for any length of time, due to its size, feeding habits and fragile skin, making access for research challenging. Leatherbacks are most accessible at nesting beaches which is why Trinidad was chosen for the research as it supports over 80% of all leatherback nesting in the Caribbean and is the 2nd largest nesting colony in the world. The team assembled by Dr. Scott Eckert of WIDECAST (Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Network) traveled to Trinidad during two nesting seasons to perform field tests on both hatchlings and adult nesting females. Subsequent to the successful vision work in leatherbacks, a new team assembled by Dr. Eckert returned to Trinidad for more sensory biology research, this continued on page 2


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From the CMAST Director A key part of NC State University’s 2011-2020 Strategic Plan, The Pathway to the Future, is to enhance local and global engagement through focused strategic partnerships. In this issue of the CMAST Communicator, we highlight how CMAST faculty, staff and students are striking the balance between being locally responsive to the needs of our community and state, while globally engaged in solving the grand challenges facing our global community. Striking such a balance between local and global engagement is key to enhancing the range and depth of our global research, and fostering a better understanding of our place in the global community. At the global level, for example, research on the island nation of Trinidad will improve our understanding of the visual abilities of sea turtles who are attracted to light used as bait in long-line fisheries for tuna, which may help to reduce bycatch mortality of turtles in global long-line fisheries. Research in seafood technology is underway to adapt a new Japanese technology for use with oyster safety. Additionally novel processing methods for crab meat are being tested that will greatly increase extraction of crab meat and result in economic profits. Research with northern European scientists is assessing the value of coastal habitats for fishery species that will lead to improved fishery management and conservation. Lastly, a veterinary resident in aquatic medicine received unique training in Canada. At the local level for example, CMAST has added strategic partnerships and education outreach activities that will enhance the translation of marine bio-technology to economic development. CMAST scientists continued to provide clinical support for the NC Aquarium System and the Topsail Island Sea Turtle Hospital, as well as supporting the Central NC Marine Mammal Stranding Network in partnership with the NC Division of Marine Fisheries. We also report on a noteworthy fundraising event at the local level, as well as the initiation of a CMAST Advisory Board made up of local community leaders who will help lift CMAST to the next level.

time on hearing, specifically, underwater hearing in hatchlings. Sea turtles are subject to a wide range of natural and man-made noises in the water, and near Trinidad, the noises of oil exploration and extraction are prominent. A protocol for testing had to be developed, first determining what turtles can hear, and then adapting the tests for underwater on very active hatchlings. Wendy Dow Piniak, then a graduate student at Duke’s Nicholas School for the Environment, was able to record the first audiograms for submerged leatherback sea turtles. Again, Nature Seekers and the UWI School of Veterinary Medicine were essential partners for this international research. British Columbia, Canada Dr. Emily Christiansen is the Zoological Medicine Resident with an aquatics focus currently working at CMAST as part of the CVM residency program. She had the opportunity to spend six weeks at the beginning of 2013 working at the Vancouver Aquarium in British Columbia, Canada with adjunct faculty member Dr. Marty Haulena. Immersed in an intense clinical setting, this enabled her to gain experience working with a variety of aquatic species not typically seen along the east coast.

United Kingdom, Japan Dr. David Green of the Seafood Laboratory has Dr. David Green of the Seafood Laboratory has many international ties from his work over the past 25 years in seafood processing technology and seafood safety and training. He has been an active member of several international aquatic food associations, cochairing multiple committees, as well as acting as coeditor of an

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international journal on aquatic food processing for the past five years. In March 2013, Green published an article on seafood processing entitled “Emerging technologies with automation” in newFood magazine printed in the United Kingdom. He discussed emerging technologies for reducing internal costs through automation and industry efforts to reduce food waste in processing. Of special interest are two new technologies leading innovation for the recovery of fish proteins by pH shifting and precipitation techniques, and a patented process for gelled crabmeat. 1). Precipitated fish proteins are re-introduced back into prime cuts of fish to improve protein content and increase yields. A NC State team of scientists and engineers has worked in a wide range of processing environments on four continents with many different fish and land animal species. This innovative technology reduces seafood waste and cuts costs internally for those companies implementing the process. 2). The gelled crabmeat technology couples automated recovery of raw crabmeat and forming with cold setting binders to create various product forms at the culinary level of application. The process is currently being tested with the help of Seafood Laboratory personnel at CMAST and is expected to be in pilot production in the summer of 2013. A technology currently being investigated by Green is the application of a patented technology developed in Japan, ozonated microbubbles, where it is currently used for medical and food hygiene applications. Dr. Green’s interest is water quality and food safety of oysters. He traveled to Japan in March 2013 to meet with the inventors, discuss the technology with public health officials and tour seafood industry facilities currently using the technology. The potential applications in North Carolina and the USA are substantial and the purpose in traveling to Japan was to learn more about the technology and build a collaborative relationship to enable CMAST to serve as a pilot operation for oyster safety and other novel seafood applications.

New microbubble technology from Japan being tested through the Seafood Laboratory may help increase the safety of oysters.

Dr. David Eggleston, CMAST Director and Director of the Marine Ecology and Conservation Program at NC State, is working with a team of European and U.S. scientists to assess the value of coastal habitats for exploited fishery species. This working group is being sponsored by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), and the scientific team is hosted annually at the ICES Headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark.


Northern cod (top) and Northern plaice (bottom) are two of the species habitats targeted for study.

The team consists of 12 scientific and technical experts from six countries with extensive experience dealing with fishery management and conservation issues. The primary goal of this scientific team is to provide a foundation for integrating habitat value in models of the population dynamics of exploited species, for which ICES gives management advice, as well as those species that are important in the food web of ICES species. Examples of research questions include: what is relative value of coastal nursery habitats (e.g. seagrass beds, salt marshes, kelp beds, rocky bottom), feeding grounds, and spawning areas for the suite of species of interest to ICES? The workshop goals are important because many exploited marine and estuarine populations have experienced significant reductions in their abundance and spawning potential. Moreover, essential habitats such as nursery and foraging grounds have been degraded in many areas such that these critical habitats are no longer adequate to fulfill nursery, feeding or reproductive functions.

Veterinary students practice in a simulated whale stranding during a Marine Mammal Health course.

Marine Mammal Course Held Nineteen veterinary students attended a week long course at CMAST in April 2013. This is part of the selective studies they may choose as they study to become veterinary doctors. During the course students learn animal care for captive and wild marine mammals. One highlight of the week was a mock-whale stranding along the beach behind the CMAST building. The students were exposed to a scenario of what a stranding entails from contacting the proper authorities, the care of a live stranded mammal and it’s prognosis, to handling any crowds and even fielding questions from the press.

Volunteer Training A Marine Mammal Stranding Volunteer Training was held in December 2012, at NCSU CMAST. Presentations included an overview of the stranding network; discussion on the challenges of some recent stranding events; and information on sedation and euthanasia. An ani-

cmastvisiting scholar Scott Rice, MD, PhD, joined CMAST as a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences at NC State University. Dr. Rice will work with David Green at the NC State Seafood Products Laboratory in the recovery, applications and health benefits of consuming fish oils, primarily omega-3 fatty acids and phospholipids. Dr. Rice is a Morehead City native, with a PhD in Organic Chemistry and recently retired from medical practice to devote more time to his interest in promoting healthy foods, especially related to fish consumption and identification of its active components.

mal was examined for any evidence of human/ fisheries interaction, as well as demonstrations on how to properly measure and photograph a dead stranded animal.

Sustainable Fisheries Plate

Support CMAST student research by purchasing a Sustainable Fisheries License Plate. Your support will allow continued research and conservation of recreational and commercially important fisheries, support undergraduate and graduate student training and provide educational outreach to help keep North Carolina waters full for generations to come. To preorder a specialty plate contact CMAST at 252-222-6302 for an application or visit for details.

Skeleton Crew Fundraiser

Help CMAST’s educational outreach mission by reconstructing the skeleton of a Bottlenose Dolphin planned for display in the two-story lobby of the CMAST building. You can help by joining our “Skeleton Crew” and sponsor a bone! Visit for information.



cmastoutreach Stewards of the Future: Regional Exchange Group Events Held, Awards Presented Stewards of the Future is a newly-formed Regional Exchange Group (REG), sponsored by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, and organized by members of the scientific research community in Carteret County, including NC State University Center for Marine Sciences and Technology, UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, Duke University Marine Laboratory, and NOAA Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research. David Green of CMAST is a cochairman of the steering committee along with Tom Shultz of Duke University Marine Lab. Events are held to engage scientists, business leaders, policy makers and the public in open discussion on issues of importance in coastal communities and exchange information about various aspects of biotechnology. Two events have been held at the Repass Center at the Duke University Marine Lab. The first REG was in January on Fish Oil, Omega 3s and Coastal Stewardship with speakers Todd Miller, Executive Director, NC Coastal Federation, and Tony Bimbo, Technical Consultant for the fish oil industry. The second REG was held in April on Aquaculture and Marine Biotechnology with speakers Marc Turano, NC State University, Mariculture and Blue Crab Specialist, and Rob Mayo, President, Carolina Classics Catfish, Inc. The Stewards of the Future: Research for Ocean Health and Community Sustainability program has also established an award recognizing individuals as a “Steward of the Future” for contributions to the protection of the coastal area or marine science research to benefit future generations. Ted Miller was the first individual recognized for his lifetime of coastal stewardshipand contributions in marine science research toward discovery of the importancebetween fish oil and human health. I.J. Won was the second recipient and recognized for his commitment to the conservation and protection of coastal resources for fu-

Top: IJ Won, left, receives“Steward of the Future” recognition from David Green. Bottom: Todd Miller, left, accepts “Steward of the Future” recognition posthumously for his father Ted Miller from committee cochairs David Green and Tom Schultz.

ture generations by his generous contributions to marine aquaculture research. Plans are being made for future REG events. Contact Jill Miller, 252-2226334, to be added to the announcement list.

Carolina East Foundation, and refreshments were provided from Plaza Mexico and Alex & Bretts.

Aid for Feral Cats

Cold stun turtle assistance

CMAST again hosted the “Community Practice Mobile Unit,” an outreach program of the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) in Raleigh in February 2013. Fifty feral and rescue cats were brought in from area rescue programs and were spayed or neutered and vaccinated by Dr. Kelly Ferris and CVM students. CMAST provides for the mobile unit, faculty and students the use of the facility, space and power during the weekend program.

This past winter, in December and January, the College of Veterinary Medicine team at CMAST examined and provided assistance to 77 cold stunned sea turtles on site. The turtles were rescued along Lookout Bight with 39 of them stranding in a single day. Rescued turtles were sent to the NC Aquariums and the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center for the necessary follow up care. Many of these animals have since recovered and been released into the warmer Gulf Stream.

Color Me P!nk A walk for celebration and remembrance of cancer patients was sponsored by Carteret Community College Student Government Association, CCC SGA in fall 2012. Over 30 students, faculty and staff participate in the walk. Behind the CMAST building the crowd tossed carnations into the sound to remember and celebrate those affected by cancer. There was a guest speaker from the



Make it snappy! Pictured above, CVM Veterinary Resident Emily Christiansen performs surgery on a snapping turtle to remove a growth on the front right leg. The patient is a resident of the PKS Aquarium.

cmastvisitors CMAST takes part in UNC-System Marine Science Program Review In January 2013, a review of all UNC-System Coastal and Marine Sciences Programs took place, including CMAST. This review was conducted by an external team from the American Association for the Advancement of Science Research Competitiveness Program (AAAS) and organized by the UNC General Administration. All UNC-System Coastal and Marine Science Programs and Labs recently underwent self-assessment reviews, which, along with the external review, will be used to identify redundancies and needs in the programs. Preliminary feedback from the review team indicated that as the coast is vital to the State of North Carolina, so are the programs conducted within the UNC-System (education, research, and outreach) which are key to protecting and making use of the coastal assets. All in all, they noted the system has a formidable set of programs with incredible assets, but indicated that the full potential has not been realized. They indicated the system has good facilities but is in

Members of the review team included peers from other programs. They are (from left to right): Dr. Rieko Yajima, Project Director for the American Association for the Advancement of Science Research Competitiveness Program, Washington, DC, Dr. Nancy Targett, Professor and Dean, College of Earth, Ocean and the Environment, University of Delaware. Dr. Jackie Dixon, Professor and Dean, College of Marine Sciences, University of South Florida, Dr. Terri Lomax, Professor and Vice Chancellor, Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development, NC State University, Dr. Chris D’Elia, Professor and Dean, School of the Coast and Environment, Louisiana State University, Dr. Courtney Thornton, Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Education, University of North Carolina, General Administration, Dr. Steven Lohrenz, Professor and Dean, School for Marine Science and Technology, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and Dr. Chris Brown, Vice President for Research and Graduate Education, University of North Carolina, General Administration

need of more. They recognized there is a great deal of synergy among the institutions with room for growth. The team is compiling a re-

port for delivery to UNC President Tom Ross in Spring 2013.

Dean of College of Natural Resources Tours CMAST


New CALS Dean Linton Visits CMAST

Several CMAST programs were featured in a cover article titled “Seafood Special” in the Summer 2012 edition of NC State Alumni magazine in Summer 2012. Visit the alumni web site to view the article: www.alumni. and click on “About Us > MagazineBlog” to view past issues.

Dr. Mary Watzin, newly appointed Dean of the College of Natural Resources visited CMAST in December 2012.. She’s pictured here with David Ashcraft (left), Executive Director of CNR Development and College Relations, Dr. David Eggleston (right) and Interim Associate Dean of Research Dr. Joel Pawlak (far right).

Richard Linton, newly appointed Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), visited CMAST in late October 2012 as part of his six-day tour across the state. He is pictured here with CMAST Director Dave Eggleston (r) in the lobby of the CMAST building.

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cmastresearch the animals. A laparoscopy is a minimally invasive exam that is performed by inserting a thin lighted tube into a small incision that allows the veterinarians to see the gonads of the sea turtles. This was a great teaching experience for veterinary students and an opportunity for veterinary residents to hone their skills.

Bluefish Spawning Findings Published

Dr. Craig Harms (r), uses a laparoscope to internally examine a loggerhead sea turtle.

Sea Turtle Sex Determination In October of 2012, the NCSU-CVM staff and veterinary students, led by Dr. Craig Harms, worked in collaboration with researchers from NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) to determine the sex of green and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. This was part of on-going research by Dr. Joanne McNeill (NOAA-NMFS) to investigate the accuracy of seasonal variability of testosterone levels measured with radioimmunoassay (RIA) for predicting the population sex ratios of sea turtles in North Carolina waters. The same research has been conducted for loggerhead sea turtles. The sex of sea turtles is determined by the temperature of the nest during incubation; however these animals do not show externally sex differences until they mature later in life. Therefore, laparoscopies were performed on

A recent publication by Jim Morley (PhD student in Biology) addressed a long standing controversy regarding cohort contribution to the bluefish population. Bluefish are an economically important fish that is pursued by both commercial and recreational fishers along the U.S. east coast. There are two juvenile cohorts of bluefish (spring- and summer-spawned) but data from the northeast U.S. suggest that only the spring-spawned cohort contributes to the fishery. Morley examined length distributions of juvenile bluefish from before and after winter and found that summerspawned bluefish were commonly caught at age-1 off of North Carolina. He reexamined the relative contribution of each cohort to the adult population using archived scales from North Carolina fisheries. One third of adult fish captured in North Carolina fisheries during the 1990s consisted of summer-spawned fish, which contrasts with previous research from the northeast during this same time period. Thus, summer-spawned bluefish do contribute to the adult stock and their abundance should be used in future stock assessment modeling of bluefish. Morley’s paper was published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences in February 2013. Morley, J.W., J.A. Buckel, and T.E. Lankford, Jr. 2013. Relative contribution of spring- and summer-spawned bluefish to the adult population: effects of size-selective winter mortality, overwinter growth, and sampling bias. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 70:233-244.

Sperm Whale Stranding on Cape Hatteras In February 2013 an older female Sperm whale, 33.5 feet in length, stranded dead on Cape Hatteras. With such a large mammal, many agencies were involved with the necropsy including UNC Wilmington, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, NC Division of Marine Fisheries, Virginia Aquarium Stranding program, and NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine

and CMAST. The animal was a mature female, her teeth were worn down and there was no apparent evidence of what caused her to strand. Stomach contents included squid beaks and a small piece of plastic (not related to stranding), and no evidence of any ship strike or entanglementrelated severe injuries.

Left, a Sperm Whale is pulled from the surf near Cape Hatteras. Right, Dr. Craig Harms of CMAST (left), the marine mammal stranding coordinator and volunteers, and representatives from several agencies begin to perform a necrospy on the stranded whale. Tests are done to help determine the possible cause of stranding.



cmastpeople ter Chapter of the American Fisheries Society meeting, held at Solomons, MD. Ellis’ poster, co-authored with Jeff Buckel and Stephen Poland, was entitled “Experimental Determination of Cold Tolerance in Spotted Sea trout.” It described a series of laboratory studies to evaluate cold stress and mortality for this species in North Carolina, near the northern extent of its range. These laboratory studies complement Tim’s field studies to estimate fishing and natural mortality rates of spotted sea trout in NC waters.

Greg Bolton at the 2012 TAFT Conference.

David Green, Greg Bolton and Jill Miller of the NC State Seafood Products Laboratory at CMAST attended the 2012 Trans Atlantic Fisheries Technology Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida. TAFT is a joint meeting of the Atlantic Fisheries Technology Conference (AFTC), West European Fisheries Technology Association (WEFTA) and the Seafood Science and Technology Society (SST) held every three years. Green presented during a Seafood Safety Featured Session “Assessing a Heat Shock Method of Control for Vibro vulnificus and Vibro.” Bolton also presented a poster entitled “Validation of Microwave Cooking Instructions for Not-Ready-to-Eat (NRTE) Seafood” based on results from a recent study done by the Seafood Lab and faculty from the NC State Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences. Miller was Conference Secretary for the Executive Committee of the Atlantic Fisheries Technology Conference. Pat McClellan-Green presented a NCDMF Commercial and Recreational Fisheries License-funded research “Alteration in reproductive capacity, oxidative stress and enzymatic biomarkers in an anadromous fish species: natural variation or contaminant exposure?” at the annual meeting of SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) in November 2012 in Long Beach, CA. She also attended the Carolinas SETAC meeting in Raleigh this spring where she presented a poster on “Changes in reproductive capacity, oxidative stress and enzymatic biomarkers throughout the spawning period of blueback river herring.” Her undergraduate student Sasha Doss gave a presentation on “Using Cytochrome P450 expression in mummichogs to examine the effects of human alterations on fish inhabiting local creek systems.” McClellan-Green was also invited to take part in an EPA Star Fellowship Panel for Graduate Student Fellowships held in Washington, D.C. in Spring 2013. Dr. David Eggleston recently served as an external reviewer for the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long-Term Ecological Reserve Program, funded by NSF, and for a bay scallop restoration program for Sarasota and Tampa Bays supported by Mote Marine Laboratory. Eggleston was recently recognized for his dedication and service to the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society (SEERS) by serving on their Board for 4 years and hosting their annual meeting. Tim Ellis, a PhD student in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, won first place in the student poster competition at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Tidewa-

Dr. Craig Harms, CVM Clinical Sciences Aquatics Specialist, was named to a review panel for the National Marine Fisheries Service John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program (Prescott Grant Program) in December 2012. The program provides grants or cooperative agreements to eligible stranding network participants for: recovery and treatment (i.e., rehabilitation) of stranded marine mammals; data collection from living or dead stranded marine mammals; and facility upgrades, operation costs, and staffing needs directly related to the recovery and treatment of stranded marine mammals and collection of data from living or dead stranded marine mammals. Dr. Jenifer Niemuth, a post graduate student working at the CVM with Dr. Michael Stoskopf, is collecting samples from cold stunned sea turtles to establish the advantages and disadvantages of using different tissue metabolomes for assessing sea turtle condition. Dr. Craig Harms attended and presented oral and poster presentations regarding work with sea turtle medicine at the 33rd Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation in February 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. Heather Broadhurst also presented a poster highlighting the relationship between the NCSU-CVM and the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center that promotes a clinical learning environment for veterinary students. Heather Broadhurst, Research Technician in CVM lab, presented at the 4th Annual Scientific Diving Symposium held at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores in February 2013 discussing how scuba divers assist in aquarium veterinary care. Dr. Emily Christiansen and Dr. Craig Harms are currently working with the NCWRC Wildlife Bird Biologist Sara Schweitzer, Dr. Roland Kays of NCSU-Natural Science Museum, and Dr. John Brzorad of Lenoir-Rhyne University to collect blood samples from local Great Egret populations and satellite tag the birds.

Where are they now? Dr. Eric Anderson and Dr. Betsy Stringer, former Zoological Medicine Residents, passed the American College of Zoological Medicine board examination last October, held in Raleigh at the NCSU CVM. Anderson has also accepted a position as Associate Veterinarian at the Atlantis Resort, Bahamas. Dr. Elsburgh (Tres) Clarke III, former Zoological Medicine Resident, accepted a position as an Associate Veteri-

narian at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans in August 2013. Mr. Ryan Rindone, former MS student, is a staff scientist for the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, and is based in Tampa, FL. Ms. Katie Pierson, former MS student, is a staff biologist with Oregon’s Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Marine Reserves Program, and is based in Newport, OR.

Paul Rudershausen at mid-point of cross-country charity bike ride.

Paul R. Rides Again…. The third time’s a charm? Possibly so for Paul Rudershausen, Research Specialist and Ph.D. student with the Fisheries Biology Laboratory at CMAST, as he hit the pavement again in January 2013 to embark on his third cross-continent solo bicycle ride, and his second ride for charity. His started January 6 at Pacific Beach, CA and arrived on February 11, fittingly planned, in Atlantic Beach, NC, with some 3,450 miles logged in a little over a month. The benefactor of these fundraising rides was the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter (OWLS) in Newport, NC. For the two charity rides (the other in 2009), Paul raised over $15,000 to help the shelter improve facilities for rehabilitation of area wildlife – everything from squirrels, to hawks, to pelicans. Paul rolled through southern regions of California, Arizona and New Mexico, Texas (where he logged over 1,000 miles, one-third of the miles traveled), Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and then North Carolina. Over 90 pounds of equipment and supplies were added to the bike, the heaviest he’s ever packed for these trips. Camping gear, food stores, water, tools and more are needed to survive the long distances between stops. He stayed the night in a few motels, but mostly camped in state parks as well as private campgrounds, several of which let him stay for free. He said there was a lot of generosity along the way, which he also experienced on his other two rides. Will Paul R. ride again? Probably not, as he rationalized that he has met the challenge three times now – so the third time’s the charm. “But, I have an exploratory nature. Encouraged by my parents, I’ve been participating in long distance treks – biking, canoeing, running - since I was 10. So, I might just come up with a new idea and challenge for another journey in a few years.”



cmastupdates CMAST Advisory Board Established

Members of the CMAST Advisory Board (l-r): Johnny Robinson, Robin Nelson, Tiffany Ramsey, Dixon Smith, and Bill Kingory inset.

Five area business people have agreed to help establish the CMAST Board of Advisors. Inaugural members are: Johnny Robinson, New Bern; Robin Nelson, Morehead City; Tiffany Ramsey, Morehead City; Dixon Smith, New Bern; and Bill Kingory, Morehead City. Initiated by CMAST Director Dave Eggleston, the board has been established to help reach some of CMAST’s goals, such as better utilization of the CMAST facility as a teaching tool, obtaining housing for visiting faculty, staff and students, and increased support for education and research. Board members agreed at the first meeting in March that CMAST should increase it’s communications to expand program visibility, which they feel are essential steps to garner support from the local communities as well as across the state. The board also recommended that a CMAST Foundation be created to act as a fundraising arm to support the projects, such as CMAST’s Summer Fellows Program for undergraduate students, to building a Student Center/ Dormitory. The board will meet again in Fall 2013 to review the outcomes of the increased communications.

Ocean conservation foundation offers support for CMAST sustainable fisheries research

to CMAST in the name of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. CMAST Director Dave Eggleston remarked, “We are excited for this fundraising partnership with both 36North Gallery and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.” All donations will support CMASTs sustainable fisheries research by providing funding for continued research and conservation of recreational and commercially important fisheries, support for undergraduate and graduate student training, and educational outreach. “This is an opportunity for the public to support our research, and to support local businesses, as well as an artist dedicated to fisheries conservation. We appreciate the generosity of both Guy Harvey and the 36North Gallery and are grateful to be recognized with their support,” said Eggleston.

Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation Regional Office Located at CMAST

Pictured l-r is Deb Mosca, MBCOI Executive Director; Randall Johnson, Executive Director NCBC Southeastern Regional Office; David Green, NCSU CMAST; Roy Carter, Senior Director of Marine Bio-Technologies Development at CMAST; and Mark Phillips, Executive Director NCBC Eastern Regional Office. Green was CMAST representative on the project management team for the MBCOI.

The Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation (MBCOI) has announced the appointment of Royston (Roy) E. Carter, PhD, as the new Senior Director of Marine Bio-Technologies Development. His office will be located at CMAST where he will oversee operations of the regional office in Morehead City, and focus on commercialization of technologies stemming from partners along the coastal area of the northeastern part of North Carolina. Dr. Carter’s primary role will be to engage key Marine Bio-Technology stakeholders throughout the state and foster strategic partnerships, relationships and alliances among academic institutions and other federal, state, and private entities. A key focus will be to identify industry needs and match novel technologies as appropriate for commercialization.

Dr. Eggleston with Shelton Moynahan, owner of 36North Gallery in Morehead City along with Karrie Wempen, Gallery Manager. Inset: Dr. Guy Harvey

An international artist/philanthropist and local art gallery committed support to NC State’s Center of Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST) sustainable fisheries research by pledging a portion of proceeds of art sales from the 2012 NC Seafood Festival in Morehead City. Dr. Guy Harvey, renowned marine wildlife artist, scientist, conservationist, and marine biologist, donated part of the proceeds of sales at the 36North Gallery on the waterfront in Morehead City during the festival 8


A recent sunset over Bogue Sound as seen from the fourth floor of the CMAST building. (B. Puckett photo)

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