The Marine Science and Environmental Field Station is a facility of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the Richard Stockton College of NJ. The Field Station is used as a teaching and research destination for numerous NAMS' academic programs, including foremost the marine science program, as well as biology, environmental studies, geology, and the professional science masters program.
Located only 15 minutes from campus on an eight-acre waterfront site in the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Marine Science and Environmental Field Station makes available the facilities, research vessels, sampling equipment, and staff to provide Stockton students with hands-on learning experiences in a marine environment second to none. The Field Station is also home to the University’s Coastal Research Center, a grant and contract-funded research facility focusing on New Jersey’s coastal zone issues (see below). The location of the Field Station within the Mullica River-Great Bay estuary is central to its offerings; only 7 miles from the Atlantic Ocean and mere minutes from appropriate estuarine sites. The Field Station offers several teaching and research laboratories and offices, research vessels, various marine sampling equipment, general-use laboratory equipment, state-of-the-art water sampling equipment (YSI sondes) and a fleet marine technology instrumentation including a remotely operated vehicle, side scan sonar, multibeam sonar, acoustic doppler current profilers, and a magnetometer.
2012-2014 NOAA-funded Derelict Crab Pot Recovery Project recovers over 1000 ghost traps
Dr. Mark Sullivan, Fisheries Scientist for our Marine Science Program, and his colleagues from the College and the JC NERR recently wrapped up a two-year project in the Mullica River-Great Bay (MRGB) estuary. Over the course of two seasons, the PI's identified derelict crab pots using side scan sonar and worked with local commercial fisherman to remove over 1200 ghost pots. The project was a tremendous success, leading to the further prevention of lost gear by training our local crabbers to use low-cost side scan sonars during the fishing season – MRGB crabbers are now in tune to the negative effects of ghost pots and are working hard throughout the season to retrieve their lost gear. In the two summers since the project began, local crabbers prevented the loss of over 140 additional pots, saving themselves thousands of dollars while preventing the negative ecological impacts caused by ghost pots. The research team is pictured here, along with NOAA Northeast Regional Coordinator Kieth Cialino, standing in front of our crabber's second winter "catch". To learn more about marine debris programs and their benefits watch our video, poke around our WeCrabNJ website and visit NOAA's Marine Debris webpage to see all of the great work they are doing across throughout the United States.
New Multibeam sonar now available for teaching and research
Stockton's Marine Field Station contributed to the RJ Walker Shipwreck Mapping Project during Summer 2014. Stockton staff and students, in partnership with Vince Capone of Black Laser Learning, collected side scan, multibeam and ROV video records to provide baseline data to the NJ Historical Diver's Association for on-the-bottom mapping dives conducted in August 2014. The survey team, minus a few additional students, is pictured here with the Explorer's Club flag and the College's new Edgetech 6205 multibeam sonar. The Edgetech 6205 unit is a combined bathymetry and simultaneous dual-frequency side scan sonar. Learn more about this exciting project by visiting Facebook at "robertjwalkershipwreck".
New Research Vessel Under Construction
The College has built a 36' x 13' x 4' research vessel (SW Boatworks, Lamoine, ME). The new vessel will serve expanding needs in the coastal sciences, including offshore bottom mapping, ROV video observations, increased oceanography fieldwork and scientific diving. The R/V will also support oyster monitoring and restoration efforts in the Mullica River and in general provide a much larger platform for both teaching and research. The R/V PEtrel is now in New Jersey being finished off at Jersey Cape Yachts, Lower Bank. To follow progress on the construction follow the Field Station on facebook at "stocktonfieldstation".
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