Notes From Underwater

By Pat Woodbury | Aquaculture, Sustainability and the Future of the Oceans

Red Tape Slows Bloom of Seaweed Farming’s Green Revolution

SOUTHOLD, New York – Seaweed cultivation in the U.S. is growing quickly, cresting on its promise as a sustainable, low-impact form of aquaculture that could help feed millions. But tough state rules surrounding commercial use of coastal resources are preventing many would-be entrepreneurs from …

Farming

Oyster Archaeology: Ancient Trash Holds Clues To Sustainable Harvesting

Times are tough for Chesapeake oysters.<p>For one thing, they used to be bigger. "If you look at what people were saying back in the 1600s and 1700s about oysters, people had to cut them in half before they could even eat them," says Denise Breitburg, an ecologist with the Smithsonian Environmental …

Anthropology

Oyster Growers Use 3D Printed Structures to Help Restore New England's Reef Ecosystem

You probably don’t think about oysters very often, even if you happen to enjoy eating them. It turns out that the oyster isn’t single animal, but …

Shellfish Aquaculture and Sustainability: The Renewable Seed Source

It’s the first week in June and we are anxiously awaiting a call from the hatchery. We have been in the shellfish aquaculture business for going on …

Harbor Hack: Shoring up New York's Waterways with a Billion Oysters

Back when New York City was an archipelago of fields, forests and marshes, oysters abounded.<p>Around 330 square miles of oyster reefs dominated the New …

Microplastics in shellfish- new study

Microplastics are now showing up everywhere in oceans and lakes, and in aquatic creatures. Microplastics are tiny specs of plastic ranging in size …

Fisheries and Beyond

Media Kit<p>Key information for journalists interested in learning more about the Ocean Prosperity Roadmap.<p>A summary of the key findings that are …

ENGLISH

The culprit behind the war on watermen

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been accused of waging a "war on watermen," and watermen are fighting back, seeking changes in …

What are microbeads and why should we ban them?

All rights reserved. Credit: GreenpeaceWashed your face with an exfoliating face scrub recently? Brushed your teeth with some smooth mint toothpaste? …

Oceans

Cop Finds Rare Pearl Worth 10,000 Clams—in His Clam Stew

Formed by a grain of sand? Hardly ever in natural pearls; it's usually to enclose a parasite.<p><i>Updated April 20: Although the pearl didn’t sell in the March 15 auction, it was ultimately sold by a pearl broker to a Japanese collector for $16,500.</i><p>Call it pearl à la carte. A rare purple gem from a …

American Museum of Natural History

Top ten benefits of sustainable shellfish farming

#1: Farmed clams and oysters are native species grown in their natural habitat and have a critical role in tidal ecology.<p>The quahog or hard clam</i> …

Matter of Scale: A Plan for Sustainable Fisheries

So often the ocean problems we address are matters of scale. As the world population has grown, as the demand for food has increased, and as science and technology has evolved new and more efficient ways to harvest, our natural ocean systems have been exploited at every increasing scale through …

Sustainability

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Chef Dan Barber squares off with a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. With impeccable research and deadpan humor, he …

Can GM technology promote sustainable salmon farming?

As wild populations of forage fish dwindle, new genetically modified false flax intended for salmon feed could relieve that pressure, while also …

Aquaculture

Solaiman Sheik shows off the harvest from his father’s small pond near Khulna, Bangladesh: freshwater prawns, a profitable export. The family also raises fish in the pond and, in the dry season, rice fertilized by fish waste—a polyculture that has tripled output with little environmental …

Agriculture

Shellfish face high risk from ocean acidification, new study finds

Shellfish make up a lucrative business in the US, bringing in $1bn annually. But climate change puts the industry at risk, especially in Massachusetts’ Cape Cod<p>As oceans become more acidic, the US shellfish business is facing “high economic risk” in 15 out of 23 coastal states, according to a study …

Oceans