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Larry Mayer, director for the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping and Joint Hydrographic Center at UNH, has been selected as the first recipient of the Walter Munk Medal. Established in 2019...
Lumpfish are being grown at the Coastal Marine Lab to investigate their use as cleanerfish at cage-reared salmonid farms in the US. Researchers are addressing existing lumpfish culture gaps, developing husbandry guides and SOPs to enable the development of a US lumpfish industry, showing proof of...
NOAA taps UNH as one of five institutions tasked with exploring U.S. ocean territory
UNH is one of five internationally renowned ocean science institutions chosen by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) over the next five years to explore an estimated three billion acres of U.S. ocean territory as part of the new...
“The consortium offers the opportunity for an already dynamic community of East Coast marine scientists to work more closely together,” says Larry Mayer, professor and director of the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering and The Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at UNH.
Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have become a major management tool in attempts to rebuild declining fish stocks globally. The Western Gulf of Maine Closure Area was established in 1997 to help rebuild groundfish (e.g. cod, flounders) populations in the New England region. This project is one of...
Traditional methods for monitoring subtidal oyster reefs rely upon extractive sampling techniques such as dredges, tongs, or quadrat sampling by divers. Remote sensing methods such as acoustic sounders and underwater video have the potential to greatly enhance the amount of detailed spatial...
Restoration of oyster populations is a high priority for environmental managers in New Hampshire, and many other coastal states. This project seeks to determine the most effective approaches with respect to reef size and placement for restoration of natural reefs. It will address the general...
This project was initiated by the City of Dover to restore a portion of a once productive oyster reef in the Bellamy River that suffered drastic declines in recent years, probably due largely to the oyster disease MSX. The Dover funds were partially matched by funds from the NH Estuaries Project....
Previous research on the effects of the Western Gulf of Maine fishing closure has indicated substantial recovery of seafloor habitats. This project was designed to determine how gillnets might be used to assess fish populations in rocky habitats. Ray Grizzle, David Berlinsky, and Mike Leary are the...
This project is focused on various ecological processes associated with restored and natural oyster reefs. It will provide information that will complement other ongoing programs aimed at better understanding the ecology and restoration of the eastern oyster in Great Bay. (Funded by NOAA's National...
This project will combine experimental and full-scale restoration efforts on an oyster reef in the Bellamy River. It will include implementing an oyster conservationists program that will engage local citizens in helping to raise oysters for future use at restoration sites. Ray Grizzle and Jay...
Seafloor ecology research at the Marine School includes seafloor mapping using underwater videography, the effects of marine-protected areas on benthic (bottom) invertebrate communities and fisheries, the impacts of aquaculture activities on benthic communities in the Gulf of Maine, restoration and...