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In Puerto Rico, A Bioluminescent Bay Blacks Out

Aixa Alemán-Díaz • February 18, 2019

Is bioluminescence good or bad? Or are we not sure? Who knows about bioluminescence and what do they know about it? What is the relationship between bioluminescence, people and society?

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The Oyster – And The Contaminants That Can Affect It – Is My World

Ethan Hain • December 17, 2018

I stumbled into my father’s rubber work boots as I peered out over the Chesapeake Bay in the cold November morning.  His advice echoed through my ears, “If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late. If you’re late, you’re …” I’ve always found myself following his adage to a tee, which means I’d arrived at the Deal Island marina an hour before anyone else.

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Watching the Forecasts to Measure the Storms: A white-water kayaker turned ecologist changes direction

Joel Bostic • November 6, 2018

Moving water has always captivated my attention. It started with the ocean: waves pulsing towards shore and breaking, offering endless intrigue. Rivers came next, especially swollen ones after heavy rains. 

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Why the Ocean Means So Much to Me

Daniel Teodoro • September 18, 2018

There are many things that matter to me: My family, my studies, my guitar, and my heritage. But one thing holds a special place in my heart: The ocean. Having grown up in El Salvador, the Pacific Coast was a common destination on every holiday or opportunity we had.

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Oysters Do More for the Chesapeake Than You Might Think

Adriane Michaelis • August 15, 2018

For the past two years, I’ve traveled tidewater Maryland, asking people, “why aquaculture?” I ask entrepreneurs why they decided to get involved in growing oysters in tanks or floats in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. And for the commercial fishermen who aren’t, I ask, “why not?” This very basic question begins the discussion with each person I talk to, in order to understand on a larger level what motivates individuals towards or away from oyster aquaculture.

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