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Coastal Impacts

Woods Hole Sea Grant Newsletter

July 2019

From the Director


This time of year is an unusually busy, but productive time for our program. As our new COAST program classroom visits are winding down, the shellfish research farms are in full swing and the herring runs are active. Our Islands Coastal Conference, this year on Nantucket, is being held and our researchers are gearing up for summer field work. And as we welcomed the herring back to our rivers, we said goodbye to our long-time fisheries and aquaculture extension specialist Diane Murphy, who retired from her position in mid-May. We thank her for her many years of service and acknowledge the incredible impact she has had on shellfish aquaculture in our region. Please enjoy this issue of Coastal Impacts and from all of us at Woods Hole Sea Grant we wish you a pleasant summer.

Enjoying Oysters Safely in Massachusetts

Each year, millions of fresh raw oysters are consumed in Massachusetts, most of them in the warm summer months. During that time, aquaculturists in the Commonwealth take extra precautions to safeguard their harvests from the heat, include icing oysters at the time of harvest – a step that can double…

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Understanding the Waquoit Bay Ecosystem

A Q&A with Sarah Foster Sarah Foster is a Boston University graduate student doing her dissertation research in Waquoit Bay (Cape Cod, Massachusetts). A biogeochemist, Sarah investigates the impact hypoxia, or low oxygen, in the water has on crucial functions within Waquoit Bay’s ecosystem. She recently published research she and her…

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Clearing the Way for River Herring in Plymouth

Just a stone’s throw from the Plymouth Rock where the Pilgrim’s first landed in 1620 is the mouth of Town Brook, a river that runs through the center of Plymouth and was once the source of fresh water and food for the Pilgrims. Chief among the fish from the river…

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Coasts, Oceans, and Stewardship Program Gets Kids Excited about Marine Science

In January 2018, Woods Hole Sea Grant launched an educational partnership with the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC). The Coasts, Oceans, and Stewardship (COAST) Program brings current marine science research to local classrooms with exciting, hands-on lessons aimed at increasing students’ awareness and enjoyment of their coastal resources. With…

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Diane Murphy Retires

In mid-May, Woods Hole Sea Grant bid a fond farewell to Diane Murphy, the program’s fisheries and aquaculture extension specialist who retired from her position. Diane has been an incredible colleague for the Woods Hole Sea Grant program for the past two decades. Under her leadership WHSG’s program in fisheries…

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Slideshow: A School Field Trip to Cuttyhunk Island

On June 4 Woods Hole Sea Grant Educator Grace Simpkins traveled to Cuttyhunk Island, the outermost of the Elizabeth Island chain south of Woods Hole, to talk about bioacoustics with the only student in the island’s one-room schoolhouse — graduating 8th grader Gwen Lynch , as well as 6th graders…

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Slideshow: Exploring the Fundamentals of Shellfish Farming in Wellfleet

The Fundamentals of Shellfish Farming class, led by Cape Cod Cooperative Extension agents Diane Murphy, Josh Reitsma, and Abigail Archer, spent a beautiful Sunday in April wading in the water in Wellfleet, learning about oyster propagation from grower Irving Puffer.  Irving, who owns Puffer Petites, has worked this oyster grant…

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