Example Research Methods
Fish: Monthly summer seining to find out which fish species use the bay at different times of year, their abundance, and when they reproduce.
Eelgrass: Annual surveying of eelgrass density in specially marked intertidal plots.
Algal blooms: Special buoys equipped with underwater light sensors to indicate the timing and density of algal blooms.
Sea slugs: The diversity of nudibranchs, the "butterflies of the sea," is a good indicator of total marine biodiversity (and they are beautiful!)
Crabs: More than 14 species of crabs live around Indian Island, and some are good indicators of water quality.
Plankton: Traps and settling plates in the bay capture larval animals in order to monitor their timing and abundance.
Pollution: Contaminants from runoff are measured in sediments and clams.