Dispatches E-News: Meet Sarah Muffelman, Disappearing Oysters & Saving Corals from Extinction (03/15/17)

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Meet Sarah Muffelman: The Next Generation of Oceanographers
Sarah Muffelman (Gulf Coast Research Laboratory) is comparing red snapper captured before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill with red snapper captured after to see how their feeding habits have changed. She hopes her research will help better plan for any future disasters and assist in the recovery of the Gulf’s ecosystems.
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PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Where Did All The Oysters Go?
Until recently, if you ate an oyster it most likely came from the Gulf of Mexico, which supplied more than 70% of all oysters harvested in the United States. But the Deepwater Horizon oil spill changed all that.

The historically recession- and hurricane-proof oyster industry is harvesting and processing less than 25% of what it was before April 20, 2010. Their livelihoods gravely impacted, fishermen and shuckers struggle with poverty. Professor Sean Powers (University of South Alabama) explains why oyster populations have been slow to recover.
[LISTEN HERE]


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
50 Reefs: A Global Plan to Save Corals from Extinction
Ninety percent of the world’s coral reefs are expected to disappear by 2050 due to climate change, pollution and poor fishing practices. Now, a unique philanthropic coalition has launched 50 Reefs, a plan to save the most critical reefs so once the climate stabilizes they can reseed the entire coral ecosystem.
Photo by The Ocean Agency / XL Catlin Seaview Survey.
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Watch the Sizzle for Dispatches – 2
A sequel to the Emmy Award-winning documentary, “Dispatches From The Gulf – 2” shares remarkable stories about the global team of scientists who continue to study the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill — the largest in U.S. history. Their unprecedented mission to comprehensively research its environmental impacts and find new ways to ease the devastation of future oil spills has lead to surprising discoveries. Click here to watch.

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Dispatches From The Gulf: Science, Community, and Recovery in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill is the 14th episode in the Journey To Planet Earth TV series. DVDs are available free of charge to educators, librarians, homeschoolers, and community activists. Click here to fill out a request.

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Additional funding provided by the Wallace Genetic Foundation and the Farvue Foundation.


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