WHOI Sea Grant Program
The Woods Hole Sea Grant Program is part of NOAA’s national Sea Grant network of 32 programs;
collectively, Sea Grant promotes cooperation
among government, academia, industry, scientists, and the private sector.
Woods Hole Sea Grant’s annual budget of approximately $1 million
supports research projects in environmental technology, estuarine
and coastal processes, and fisheries and aquaculture. In addition,
Sea Grant funds smaller, “new initiative” grants to encourage
Sea Grant research addressing local and regional needs, and
many projects have national or even global implications. Projects
in 2004 included:
In addition to research, Woods Hole Sea Grant supports
a marine extension program and an outreach/education
program. Through those efforts, research is transmitted
to a variety of audiences through publications, Web sites, workshops, and lectures. Many Sea Grant outreach programs involve partnerships, such as with the Barnstable County Cooperative Extension Service, to provide technical expertise and demonstration projects on shellfish aquaculture and coastal processes.
- Lobster and squid population structures, comparing offshore
and near-shore populations, and potential fisheries management impacts;
- Environmental contaminants and their effects on marine
invertebrates, mammals, and fish;
- Application of fiber-optic technology as a way to detect and count harmful algal cells in the marine environment;
- Atmospheric deposition as a source of nitrogen pollution,
measuring vehicle emissions around Cape Cod embayments;
- Development of an autonomous, multi-scale digital imaging
system to identify and map distributional patterns of aquatic plankton, micronekton, and nekton;
- Effects of long-term bioaccumulation of oil—from the 1969 grounding of a barge carrying No. 2 fuel oil—on salt marsh biota;
- Groundwater as a transport mechanism for nutrients and contaminants flowing into estuarine systems;
- Metal accumulation in sediments as a result of Boston Harbor sewage discharge;
- Larval dispersal in pelagic fish, using fish otoliths (ear bones) as natural tags to reconstruct temperature histories
and seawater chemistry;
- Screening sediments, water, algae, and invertebrates to determine the environmental source of QPX (a parasite afflicting hard clams);
- Development of a pattern recognition system to classify benthic habitats and identify flora and fauna.
A partnership with the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Program provides research-based training to coastal policymakers (www.coastaltraining.
org). In the ocean science education field, Woods Hole Sea Grant has partnered with colleagues at New Hampshire Sea Grant to provide marine career information
to students (www.marinecareers.net), and with WHOI Academic Programs and the Exhibit Center to provide teacher workshops featuring the latest WHOI research, technology, and instrumentation developments. Woods Hole Sea Grant is also participating in a WHOI effort to promote effective research-outreach partnerships.
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