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Letter from the Director

It has been demonstrated that diverse groups of problem solvers outperform the best individual problem solvers. This is especially important in ocean science and engineering, because we will be relying heavily on the next generation of innovative thinkers to help solve global challenges such as…

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Aquaculture and Acidification Project Photo Essay

Woods Hole Sea Grant and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension are responding to a question asked by members of the Massachusetts shellfish aquaculture industry – and that work is featured in an a photo essay on our website. The question? Lab studies show that shellfish exposed to acidic…

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Girls In Science Fellows Share Their Experiences

This summer, 20 young women had the opportunity to contribute to ongoing research, connect with professionals in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) careers, and imagine a future for themselves in marine science. The Girls in Science Fellowship is a partnership between Woods Hole…

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NOAA Live! 4 Kids Website Now Searchable!

We have made our NOAA Live! 4 Kids website into a searchable database (screenshot at left) so that the content is easier to use for families, teachers, and the public. These webinars are about 45-60 minutes long, focus on a different National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)…

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Barnstable County Sees Successful Community Rating System Visits

Every five years, towns that participate in the Community Rating System (CRS) undergo an audit of their floodplain program to ensure they are still participating in and enforcing those higher standards, outreach efforts, floodplain preservation actions, and other floodplain management activities to earn discounts on…

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October Nor’easter – Region Spared Major Erosion, Flooding Damage

The recent strong Nor’easter is perhaps best known for knocking out power to almost half a million people in Massachusetts, more than 150,000 of whom did not regain power for multiple days.  On the bright side, we were relatively lucky with coastal erosion and flooding. …

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Floodplain Bylaw Updates

In Fall 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) released a new statewide model floodplain bylaw. This bylaw, prepared by staff from the DCR floodplain office, Federal Emergency Management Agency Region I, and Woods Hole Sea Grant/Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, was created to close…

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Study Looks at Microplastics in Wastewater

Micro- and nanoplastics present a ubiquitous problem for marine organisms, yet little is known about how to manage them at one of the main sources – wastewater treatment facilities. Woods Hole Sea Grant funded Dr. Scott Gallager of WHOI and his team as they looked…

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Getting to Know WHSG Knauss Fellows: Andrew Villeneuve

Hometown: Rockville, Maryland Area of research focus/interest: My master’s work at the University of Massachusetts Amherst focused on understanding how evolution and physiology interact to give populations within a species different sensitivities and responses to climate change. I used a marine predatory snail called the…

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WHSG Shrink Wrap Program Honored

CARE for the Cape & Islands presented their annual stewardship awards during the CARE About a Clean Cape & Islands Summit held November 4 and Woods Hole Sea Grant was one of the recipients for our boat shrink wrap collection program. The CARE Business/Organization Stewardship Award was…

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“Marine Invaders” Educator Workshop Scheduled for December

Marine Invaders: Green crabs and other species are the featured subjects in the next WHSG Topics in Oceanography (TIO) workshop for informal and formal educators grades 6-12. The workshop is scheduled for Friday, December 3 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Woods Hole Oceanographic…

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