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May 28, 2015
Contact: Shelley Dawicki

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Dan Wieczorek explains an ocean acidification experiment. Images in this slide show were taken by Linda Stehlik, Thomas Noji and Amanda Plantamura, NEFSC/NOAA.

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More than 4,000 Attend Sandy Hook Laboratory Open House

More than 4,000 visitors attended the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory Open House May 17 at Sandy Hook, NJ, held in conjunction with Ocean Fun Days.

Live fish and sea creatures, interactive and educational games, a 32,000-gallon research aquarium with a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in action, hands-on demonstrations and displays provided lots of activities for people to do and see at Sandy Hook. NOAA’s New Jersey Port Agents and representatives of the NEFSC Observer Program were also on hand to talk about their efforts to preserve and protect the living marine resources of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. of New Jersey was among the Open House visitors and spent time speaking with staff and seeing the exhibits and displays.

Those attending the Open House learned about deepwater habitats, corals and biodiversity, the impacts of ocean acidification, and how scientists study fish behavior and metabolism to support sustainable fisheries. Scientists spoke about environmental effects and climate change on fisheries and contaminant risks to young fish, and visitors enjoyed learning about the local live fish, crabs and other sea creatures in the touch tanks.

The science of the shoreline, coastal environment and energy-related themed activities were also offered May16 during Ocean Fun Day activities at Island Beach State Park in Seaside Park, New Jersey. Ocean Fun Days is sponsored by New Jersey Natural Gas in partnership with New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, NOAA, New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection Division of Parks and Forestry, and the Asbury Park Press.

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