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Coconut Crab on a sandy beach. (Photo by Konrad Hughen, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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WHOI working to address ocean acidification; protect region’s vital shellfish industry

A new report addresses the impacts of ocean acidification in Massachusetts and New England coastal waters on the region’s vital seafood industry.

Deciphering the Impacts of a Changing Ocean on Scallop Fisheries

WHOI biologist Rubao Ji and colleagues, along with scientists from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service and UMass Dartmouth, study the spatial distribution patterns of the scallop catch to help determine the effects of a changing climate on the industry

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Microplastics in the Ocean – Separating Fact from Fiction

WHOI scientists weigh in on the state of marine microplastics science.

New Techniques Open Window into Anatomy of Mollusks

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists are using advanced medical imaging techniques and diagnostic tools to reveal the internal structures of a wide range of marine animals. Most recently they worked on an international collaboration on mollusks: a diverse group of invertebrate sea creatures that includes snails, clams, mussels, squid, and octopuses. The resulting images,…

Do Microplastics in the Ocean Affect Scallops?

WHOI scientist Scott Gallager is making field observations and conducting lab experiments to explore the possible effects of microplastics in the ocean on marine organisms.

Junk Food

An estimated eight million tons of plastics enter our oceans each year, yet only one percent can be seen floating at the surface. This is the third in a three-part series of stories about how researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are trying to understand the fate of “hidden” microplastics and their impacts on marine…

Crabs Swarm on the Seafloor

Expeditions to the tropics and Antarctica have turned up crab populations—for better or worse—in unexpected parts of the globe. At the Hannibal Bank Seamount, an 1,180-foot-high undersea mountain off Panana’s Pacific, a 2015 expedition led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) marine ecologist Jesús Pineda found mesmerizing swarms of red crabs on the seafloor—where the…