Eels Get Help from MA Students
June 18, 2012
Gloucester Times: Eighth-graders at Rockport Middle School [in Massachusetts] have been helping NOAA to study water and soil quality in Rockport for the last 4 years. They were continuing the work last Thursday and Friday at Millbrook Park and Front Beach, which are linked by a creek.
The program was developed by Rockport Middle School science teacher Carolyn McWilliams.
By rotating through 20 stations set up from the start of the study, the students are tracking the American eel, both juvenile and adult, and its presence in the area by testing water and soil quality and identifying and tabulating the number of invasive plants and crabs to the area. The students have also been examining phytoplankton and zooplankton at the beach.