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Outreach and Education

Sea Turtles in Our Backyard - Falmouth MA

April 9, 2017

Lots of hands-on activities were offered at the Sea Turtles in Our Backyard event April 9 in Falmouth, MA. Visitors of all ages learned about the different species, measured their carapaces and scanned for PIT tags, piloted an ROV in a small pool, and had a chance to see fishing nets and the gear developed to prevent turtles from getting captured in them.

The event was sponsored by The 300 Committee Land Trust of Falmouth, NOAA 's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center.

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Mashpee Roundtable

March 22, 2017

Adapting to the changing climate was the theme for a day-long meeting March 22 attended by NOAA scientists and staff from various line offices and members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.

The roundtable, organized by NOAA's North Atlantic Regional Team, was held at the Tribal Community and Government Center in Mashpee and attracted nearly 40 people, including 17 members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. Jon Hare, NEFSC Science and Research Director, spoke about climate impacts on fisheries and John Hoey shared some opportunities in the Cooperative Research Programs; other NOAA offices addressed aquaculture and ocean acidification, and extreme weather preparedness. Members of the Tribe spoke about aboriginal rights and fishing in local and offshore waters. The Tribe is interested in fish and shellfish issues, habitat and water quality, and in bringing traditional ecological knowledge to NOAA partnerships.

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NOEPS in North Falmouth MA

March 22, 2017

The NOEPS team was at it again this week.

Yesterday, Grace Simpkins visited North Falmouth Elementary School second grades with our NOEPS "food webs" lesson. Students had fun eating like a baleen whale using their baleen (hair pick) to strain all the zooplanton (seeds) out of their mini "ocean." They also delighted in being toothed whales and using the dolphin or orca grabbers to eat the fish and other animals out of their "ocean." As one student said, "It's important for us to know what the whales are eating to keep them healthy."

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