Broodstock is defined as a group of mature individuals used in aquaculture for breeding purposes. At the HPL oyster hatchery it means mature adult male and female oysters, which have been placed in floats and plunked into the cool waters of the laboratory’s tidal basin every fall. And there they sleep, until they are brought up to the hatchery beginning in January to begin the new season.
UMCES has been awarded a $500,000 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to lead a coalition of scientists from around the country to study the impact of storms, sea-level rise, and climate change on estuaries and bays.
"My research focuses on the impacts of regional climate change and watershed nutrient management on Chesapeake Bay dead zones. With the state-of-the-art numerical model, I make projections of Chesapeake Bay oxygen depletion condition in the mid-21st century."
Scientists from University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Horn Point Laboratory warn that the loss of oxygen from the world’s ocean is increasingly threatening fish species and disrupting ecosystems.