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Researchers’ Spat

Woods Hole Sea Grant Extension Agents Joshua Reitsma and Abigail Archer help distribute bags of shell that contain oyster seed (spat) to towns for municipal shellfish propagation programs. The Woods Hole Sea Grant program at WHOI supports aquaculture programs around the Cape and works with Barnstable County and Cape Cod towns to purchase shellfish seed annually from hatcheries. In October 2017, the program won two new grants totaling more than $650,000 to help support research aimed at expanding aquaculture production in Massachusetts. Reitsma and Archer also took part in another study to determine how much shellfish could help filter excess nitrogen in waterways. (Photo courtesy of Abigail Archer, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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