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Reddit "Ask Us Anything" with NOAA Scientists Julie Rose and Suzanne Bricker

Seafood Month 2015

The Hidden Powers of Shellfish Aquaculture: If you're a seafood lover and enjoy eating oysters, clams, and mussels, you may be interested to know they provide a lot more than just tasty bites. Dr. Julie Rose and Dr. Suzanne Bricker have been researching ways to clean up our nation’s bays and estuaries using some unlikely heroes: shellfish. 

Celebrate National Seafood Month with NOAA Fisheries, and ask our NOAA scientists questions about how shellfish aquaculture can help restore our bays and estuaries between 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. EST on Monday, October 19th  

Dr. Julie Rose (L), research ecologist for NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center's Milford Lab, and Dr. Suzanne Bricker (R), physical scientist at NOAA's National Ocean Service. Both love shellfish and researching them.
Reddit AMA Details

Dr. Julie Rose, research ecologist, Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Milford Laboratory and Dr. Suzanne Bricker, physical scientist, National Ocean Service

What: Reddit Science "Ask Us Anything" (AUA) - The Hidden Powers of Shellfish Aquaculture

When: Monday, October 19th, 1:00p.m. - 3:00p.m. EST


As scientists who love shellfish here at NOAA, Dr. Julie Rose and Dr. Suzanne Bricker look at everything from microscopic larvae to ecosystem models. Shellfish are filter feeders, and they take excess nutrients out of the water when they eat plankton – the same excess nutrients that are causing huge problems in the quality of our coastal waters. Using field studies, laboratory studies, information from shellfish farmers, and models, they’re finding that this removal of nutrients by shellfish – called bioextraction – can improve water quality. Rose and Bricker are currently exploring how shellfish farming and restoration could be incorporated into existing programs that manage nutrients in our coastal waters, ways to pay shellfish farmers for the nutrient removal services they are providing, and the economic benefits that shellfish provide to our coastal communities.

Ask your questions about shellfish aquaculture between 1p.m. - 3p.m. on October 19th. We hope to hear from you.