National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA)

“Welcome to the Howard Lab” (watch on VIMEO, 10 minutes and 23 seconds, ages 14 and up)

The NOAA Laboratory in Sandy Hook, NJ is one of five main research facilities in the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. The Lab is located on the Jersey shore and is ideally situated to conduct research to improve our understanding of the ecology and distribution of coastal and marine organisms, and the effects of human activities on habitats. The scientists at the Lab currently conduct investigations on the effects of ocean acidification and climate changes, habitat suitability of managed fish species, effects of wind farms on marine biota, finfish aquaculture, ecotoxicology of polluted NJ river systems, microplastic contamination, and environmental DNA. This short film will provide an overview of key research projects at the Lab.”
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.

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.