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NOAA Marine Science Laboratory in New Jersey Opens Doors to the Public October 3 and 4 PDF/Print version
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Lt. Amanda Goeller, NOAA Corp Officer and skipper of the research vessel Nauvoo diving in the 32,000 gallon research aquarium at the J.J. Howard Laboratory Credit: NOAA
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Visit a working laboratory, see a 32,000 gallon research aquarium, view live marine animals and even touch a few at the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sandy Hook, N.J .on October 3 and 4. 

NOAA’s Fisheries Service and its marine science neighbors at Sandy Hook are sponsoring the open house.  Expect to see displays of current research from NOAA, the American Littoral Society, Brookdale Community College, the Marine Academy of Science and Technology, the National Park Service, the New Jersey Marine Science Consortium, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Artificial Reef Program.

The two-day event features a variety of family-friendly activities including a self-guided tour of the Howard Laboratory where local species will be on view in NOAA’s 32,000 gallon research aquarium.  There will also be live marine animals on display in various smaller laboratories and several “touch tanks” of friendly sea creatures.

NOAA staff scientists will present talks during the day on topics such as bluefish gliding studies, ecosystems-based research, the history of the bay scallop fishery, and fish reproduction.  The American Littoral Society will discuss their fish tagging program.  A final schedule of talks will be posted on the NOAA Howard Laboratory public website. A NOAA commercial fishery liaison and marine mammal specialist will also be on hand to explain new gear requirements to reduce the risk of entangling large whales in pot and trap fisheries, and to field other questions about  marine mammals.

The Open House will run from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3rd and from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 4th.  Please allow at least two hours to complete the self-guided tour.  The event is free, and there is plenty of parking.

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