National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA)

“Environmental DNA” (watch on VIMEO, 7 minutes and 32 seconds, ages 14 and up)

NOAA Fisheries’ Northeast Fisheries Science Center is currently undertaking some exciting new genetics research at the James J. Howard Marine Lab out on Sandy Hook. This field is called Environmental DNA or eDNA for short. Come learn how much a cup of water can tell us about what is swimming nearby.

NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the stewardship of the nation’s ocean resources and their habitat. The Lab provides vital services for the nation: productive and sustainable fisheries, safe sources of seafood, the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and healthy ecosystems – all backed by sound science and an ecosystem-based approach to management. Visit the NOAA Fisheries website to learn more.

The James J. Howard Marine Sciences Lab is uniquely situated in the Mid-Atlantic, on the Sandy Hook peninsula located about 12 miles from New York City. The primary mission of the Howard Lab is to conduct research in ecology, leading to a better understanding of both coastal and estuarine organisms and the effects of human activities on nearshore marine populations. Visit the Lab’s website to learn more.