ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (Nov. 2, 2012) — In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission spent this week monitoring coastal rivers to determine the extent of damage the massive storm may have wreaked on fish populations.
As it turns out, Hurricane Sandy, unlike Hurricanes Fran in 1996, Floyd in 1999, Isabel in 2003 and Irene in 2011, left North Carolina’s coastal fisheries relatively unscathed.
Because Hurricane Sandy only brushed North Carolina’s coast, flooding was minimal. Hurricanes like Isabel and, more recently, Irene caused extensive flooding of coastal rivers, which, in turn, resulted in dissolved oxygen crashes and extensive fish kills.
Effects from Hurricane Sandy were actually opposite those of Hurricane Irene, according to Jeremy McCargo, a Wildlife Resources Commission fisheries biologist who works in the Elizabeth City area.
“The strong north and easterly winds from Sa