DV-16-22 Student shellfish aquaculture and ecological monitoring initiative

Andrew McCullough
Brunswick High School
amccullough@brunswick.k12.me.us

To become good environmental stewards and gain knowledge of viable economic opportunities, students need opportunities to learn about their local ecosystem and natural resources. The project leader will provide Brunswick High School students with the hands-on experience and curriculum to directly learn about an important local marine habitat and resource. Drawing on curricula from organizations such as the Friends of Casco Bay, Downeast Institute, and the Island Institute, McCullough has designed a monitoring program in which students will take environmental measurements (oxygen, nutrients, temperature, salinity, predation, invasive species, and growth rate); monitor green crab populations; and collect wild oyster spawn to use for seed. Students shared their findings with residents of the community, and produced a poster for display at the town landing. 

Sea Grant funds: $3,667