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WHOI Sea Grant to Map Potential Path of Proposed Wastewater Release from Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Sea Grant has been recommended for rapid response funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sea Grant Program to study the pathways of circulation in Cape Cod Bay. This study is designed to…

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Recreational Anglers Get Hooked on Striped Bass Research

Catch and release is a popular fishing technique used by some anglers to keep the fish population sustainable. But what happens to the fish after it has been released? A study funded by WHOI Sea Grant, led by Dr. Andy…

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Return of the River Herring

When an internationally roving sculpture named “Happy Fish” migrated to the Town Brook in April, WHOI Sea Grant’s Fisheries & Aquaculture Specialist – and famous river herring enthusiast –  Abigail Archer was on hand to greet it. “I love when…

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The Ins and Outs of Beach Nourishment

A new publication from WHOI Sea Grant’s extension program gives guidance on beach nourishment   Beaches, if they are to persist, rely on an ongoing supply of sediment. When that doesn’t occur naturally, sand can be brought in to a…

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Massachusetts Educators Explore the Deep Ocean in Woods Hole

On a cool Saturday in early May, WHOI’s Quissett Campus swarmed with teachers, eager to be transformed into students for the day. More than 60 assembled in the Clark Building for the annual Massachusetts Marine Educators conference, whose theme this…

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Research into American Lobster Reproduction

Professor Jeff Shields measures the underbelly of a pregnant female lobster at the Seawater Research Lab at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Part of a National Sea Grant College Program study led by Emily B. Rivest and Jeff Shields at Virginia Institute of Marine Science to see how lobster eggs and larvae respond to ocean acidification and warmer waters. Although the lobsters being studied are from Maine and Massachusetts, some lobsters can be found in Virginia waters. March 11, 2021

A New Interactive StoryMap Highlights Projects from the Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative A new web-based StoryMap highlights research being conducted by scientists into the reproduction of the American lobster. The scientific studies and the work to communicate about them…

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New Coastal Monitoring Website Inventories Citizen Science Projects

Communities Tracking Coastal Change Website Helps Public Participate in Science As coastal communities continue to experience the impacts of increased storms, flooding and sea level rise, public participation in monitoring that change is more important than ever. And, when readily…

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Knauss Fellow Profile: Alia Hidayat

Hometown: Vancouver/Seattle WA Area of research focus/interest: Environmental toxicology, harmful algal blooms What are you doing during your Knauss Fellowship? I am working in the legislative branch in the office of Rep. Doris Matsui (CA). I work on the energy…

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Marine Team: Rachel Hutchinson

WHOI Sea Grant and the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension are excited to announce the addition of our newest staff member, Marine Resource Specialist Rachel Hutchinson. Rachel will focus on the water quality monitoring program as well as shellfish-related research and…

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Around the Cape & Islands

WHOI Sea Grant Extension Working with Young Changemakers

On April 27th, WHOI Sea Grant Coastal Resilience Specialist Shelly McComb spoke at the Youth Climate Action Summit, an event organized by Mass Audubon, in Sandwich, MA about climate change to interested high school students from around southeastern Massachusetts. Her presentation dove into causes of climate change, how it will affect life in the northeast,…

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Nantucket Coastal Conference Scheduled for June 2023

The Nantucket Coastal Conference will be held on June 12, 2023, from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, at the Nantucket Atheneum. This year’s  conference, whose theme is climate adaptation, features a keynote presentation by Dr. Sarah Das, a WHOI physical oceanographer entitled “Sea Level Rise from Global to Local: The Decisive Decade for Coastal Communities.”…

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CARE for the Cape & Islands and WHOI Sea Grant Funded to Reduce Single-Use Plastic

Cape Cod Coalition to Aid Tourism Business Shift to Sustainable Serviceware  CARE for the Cape & Islands and WHOI Sea Grant have been awarded a $299,999 grant to address the problem of single-use plastics used in tourism-based food and hospitality businesses on Cape Cod that contribute to marine debris. The grant is part of the…

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Holy Haddock!

Hot off the presses! WHOI Sea Grant Educator Grace Simpkins and her NOAA Fisheries colleague Nicole Cabana, deputy director of Northeast Fisheries Science Center, just wrapped up two days of exciting marine science with all the seventh graders from the Falmouth public schools. Over May 23 and 24, the students ventured to Woods Hole for…

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