For 2018,
the Eelgrass Group and the Shellfish Survey Group are joining forces to become
Low Tide Benthic Research,
led by Susan Bryant and Dr. Sara Grady.
 
Activities will be scheduled around the tides per the calendar at:  https://calendar.google.com/calendar/b/1?cid=dDJucGhhN2o3OGxuYXRsNTgxa3M0M2JobDhAZ3JvdXAuY2FsZW5kYXIuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbQ.  We welcome people to jump in (literally and figuratively) on the days that they can, and ask questions of the other students to get up to speed, and contribute.  By the end of the summer you will have experience in these fields that few others do, and will be able to present unique insight from our estuary to other researchers and planners.
 
To get info on our daily schedule, and to let us know you plan to attend on any given day, students should send a text message to the number 81010 that says "@cscr"  You may also contact us at susangbryant@yahoo.com or 857-231-1768.  Bring swimming gear, sunprotection, a towel, and a change of dry clothes.  Your own snorkels, gopros, phones with waterproofing, or laptop are also welcome.
 
The eelgrass project started as a seaperch robotics project with Laura Humphrey and has evolved each year. In 2017 we used ARCGIS to record densities, patchiness, bottom type, tunicates and wasting disease, and in the lab measured these features along with # of leaves, length, width and reproductive shoots. We took underwater GoPro footage, observations by wading, floating, and snorkeling. We present our findings annually at CSCR's early spring State of the Watershed Event, and at Zosterapalooza, a conference held in Boston by Phil Colarusso and the Environmental Protection Agency. We are thrilled to discuss our work with other researchers and local residents. Contact susangbryant@yahoo.com.
 
Cohasset harbor estuary has a history of shellfishing, but also an ebb and flow of varieties.  Our flats are currently closed, and we will explore why and whether they should remain closed, or whether there are indications that ecologically-based aquaculture could thrive here.  We may experiment with growing shellfish from spat, and what grows naturally on docks and in mud. We will also explore the little known benthic organisms, that form the base of many of our local foodchains. They live in the decaying remains of all that has fallen into the estuary over the centuries aka mud.  As the Harbor Committee and Municipal Vulnerabilities Preparedness Program consider plans to address sealevel rise, participants in this project will contribute unique insight on these issues.  We will explore the shellfish survey began in the Gulf River thanks to the generosity of the Gulf Association, as well as benthic studies of the past, and present our findings at the State of the Harbor and other public forums.