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.
Eelgrass is a cornerstone species of healthy estuaries and the status of eelgrass populations gives us insight into the overall health of Great Bay.
With help from our fantastic partners, the Reserve hosted an inaugural Great Bay Research Symposium in October 2022 to foster more management relevant research about Great Bay.
Have you always wanted to work for a National Estuarine Research Reserve? Well, here’s your chance to get muddy and money!
I spent this summer as Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s (GBNERR) Ernest F. Hollings Scholar, funded by NOAA, and it was an incredible learning experience. This internship allowed me to engage in a wide range of tasks, where I was able to meet inspiring people who were always willing to share their experiences and wisdom with me.
This year on October 13th, Great Bay Reserve is hosting its first-ever Research Symposium geared towards encouraging greater scientific research and monitoring in Great Bay and its surrounding watershed.