The latest edition of the Great Bay SWMP status report (2022) is now available! This annual report highlights trends found in the data collected throughout the Great Bay Estuary each year using our four SWMP monitoring stations.
Interested in doing research in coastal environments and are looking for some financial and professional support? Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and NOAA are offering up an exciting graduate fellowship opportunity!
Marshes, tidal creeks and mudflats- some key factors that make up Great Bay. But did you know there is one crucial habitat that you may not have heard of? Appalachian Oak Pine Forests!
In 1995, with the goal of understanding how estuaries change over time, the National Estuarine Research Reserve network implemented a standardized monitoring program across all 30 Reserves known as the System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP). This long-term program aims to measure and determine how conditions on the Reserves are changing in both the short and long term.
As ocean temperatures continue to rise, marine organisms are being forced to adapt. The blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, an iconic Chesapeake Bay species, is an example of a species that is moving north to the Gulf of Maine’s warming waters. Historically, blue crabs have been rare north of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, but have been observed in New Hampshire and Maine more often recently.