Oceans

Man stands in water holding a bushel of oysters in a net.

Michael Doall holds a bag of oysters in Shinnecock Bay, Long Island in the fall of 2021. He was part of an oyster reef monitoring project that also involved setting up a predator exclusion experiment to evaluate the effects of predation on hard clam restoration efforts. (Courtesy of Michael Doall)

Georgetown University
Through regenerative aquaculture, Michael Doall is using the ecosystem services of oysters and kelp to clean up our oceans and our plates.
A researcher points out coral polyps growing on a net-like structure.

A researcher points out coral polyps growing at ONDA’s on-shore nursery facility in Florida. (Image courtesy of ONDA Design)

Northwestern University
ONDA Design is working to counteract coral disease and bleaching by developing technology for coral restoration and rehabilitation, Catherine Odom reports.
SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
This video is a picture book come to life, with original designs and watercolor paintings made to present the topic of coastal degradation in an eye-catching and engaging way. 
Image shows diver holding camera swimming in the ocean, looking ahead.

This is an early prototype of the camera. Research divers will be able to use GPS to create accurate maps that can be compared point-by-point over time. (Illustration courtesy of Richard Vevers/The Ocean Agency)

University of Rhode Island
Inspired by 360-degree cameras utilized by Google Street view, the Ocean Agency developed the Hammerhead Camera, a similar camera designed to be used in an underwater environment, according to Richard Vevers, Ocean Agency founder and CEO.
Man in cap stands on a pier holding a fishing rod, the line of which is cast into a body of blue water under a blue sky with white clouds.

Fisherman Mark Brooks fishes off the Sunshine Skyway North Pier. Mark is just one example of how fishing fosters community and sustainability. (Carter Weinhofer/Eckerd College)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Eckerd College
With an increasing demand for waterfront properties and the growing impact of climate change, fishing communities are in danger; but, the societal and economic roles filled by fishing are irreplaceable.
A green tinted body of water surrounded by foliage and rock wall under a roof that resembles that of a green house.

The 700,000-gallon model of the ocean sits inside Biosphere 2, a glass-enclosed research facility near Tucson, Arizona, where scientists carry out large-scale experiments (Photo by Hannah Johnson/El Inde).

UA School of Journalism
You’re standing on a beach. Warm sunlight streams down, filtering through not just clouds but a geometric glass walls and ceiling. Welcome to the Biosphere 2 Ocean. Hannah Johnson reports for El Inde. 
Three green and blue-faced salmon are shown close to the camera whilst swimming through clear water.

Pacific sockeye salmon during the annual migration. The Canadian government recently announced its (CAD) $647 million Pacific Salmon Strategy Initiative. “Hopefully it’s not too little, too late,” says marine campaigner Emmie Page (Image by Oregon State University/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en). 

Northwestern University
In June 2021, a heat wave spread over the Pacific Northwest, with people in the region wilting from record high temperatures. But, Fiona Skeggs reports, the threats are soaring for rivers and marine life as well.
George Washington University
Marine scientists are using information collected by everyday people to monitor sharks in the face of climate change.
George Washington University
Scientists recently identified an infectious cyanobacterium as the origin of vacuolar myelinopathy, a lethal neurological disease in wildlife.
Planet Forward Correspondent | University of San Diego
Correspondent Maggie Scholle observes a grunion run, a seasonal phenomenon of fish spawning that lines the Southern California coast.

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