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Woods Hole Sea Grant Sponsors Two 2020 Knauss Finalists

By | August 5, 2019 | Comments Off on Woods Hole Sea Grant Sponsors Two 2020 Knauss Finalists

Two candidates sponsored by the Woods Hole Sea Grant program are among the finalists for the 2020 class of the of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program. The announcement was made on July 24 by NOAA and the National Sea Grant College Program. Approximately seventy individuals are selected nationally for the prestigious Fellowship to…

Highlighting Our Blue Economy

By | August 3, 2019 | Comments Off on Highlighting Our Blue Economy

MIT Sea Grant and Woods Hole Sea Grant hosted a Blue Economy briefing sponsored by Representative Dylan Fernandes at the Massachusetts State House on July 11, 2019. The informational session …

First Coastal Acidification Monitoring Blitz in the Northeast

By | July 26, 2019 | Comments Off on First Coastal Acidification Monitoring Blitz in the Northeast

Join the first coastal acidification monitoring blitz in the Northeast – Aug 22 and 23, 2019 Shell Day aims to engage water quality monitoring organizations by focusing on coastal acidification measurements during a “blitz” throughout the New England coast on August 22 & 23, 2019. This citizen science collaboration will raise awareness of the opportunities…

Read the Latest ‘Coastal Impacts’ Newsletter

By | July 9, 2019 | Comments Off on Read the Latest ‘Coastal Impacts’ Newsletter

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…

Enjoying Oysters Safely in Massachusetts

By | June 15, 2019 | Comments Off on Enjoying Oysters Safely in Massachusetts

Photo by Chris Linder 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 or…

Understanding the Waquoit Bay Ecosystem

By | June 13, 2019 | Comments Off on 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 co-author, Wally Fulweiler conducted in…

Clearing the Way for River Herring in Plymouth

By | June 7, 2019 | Comments Off on 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 were herring, whose annual migration…

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

By | June 6, 2019 | Comments Off on 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 this partnership, the program expands…

Diane Murphy Retires

By | June 2, 2019 | Comments Off on 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 and aquaculture developed into one…

Slideshow: A School Field Trip to Cuttyhunk Island

By | June 1, 2019 | Comments Off on 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 on a field trip from…