17th Annual Ocean Fun Days
Celebrating 17 years of ocean discovery, coastal stewardship, and energy conservation – this time with a virtual twist.
The founding event partners, New Jersey Natural Gas and New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, have moved this popular annual event online for 2020. Traditionally, it occurs in May at Island Beach State Park and Sandy Hook. Sandy Hook events would usually include the NOAA Fisheries' James J. Howard Laboratory Open House. This year, it's all virtual.
Starting October 10, online visitors will find video presentations from more than 30 exhibitors, including the NOAA Fisheries James J. Howard Lab. You will also find other fun activities for parents, kids, and teachers like word searches, crossword puzzles, coloring pages, and more. Plus, the popular energy scavenger hunt has been adapted to a virtual format with the chance to win a prize!
More information on NOAA Fisheries materials on offer will be posted here soon. Here are some of the topics we will be covering:
Sandy Hook Lab
Fishery Observer Program
How Do We Use Observer Data? NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center manages multiple observer programs covering federal and state waters from Maine to North Carolina. The team processes and manages data and biological samples collected by observers during commercial fishing trips. Learn more about the seven step process.
Northeast Fisheries Sampling Branch: Observers provide unique and independent information collected at sea, which is critical to the effective management of marine resources. The data are used to support sustainable fisheries and recover protected species. This brochure provides more information about the seven step process.
Black Sea Bass
Microplastics in the Ocean
This series (which airs on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. EDT during the 2020-2021 school year) will feature a different NOAA expert/topic and a moderated Q&A session throughout to give you a peek at what our NOAA scientists do in all the various NOAA offices. These webinars are geared toward grades 2-8 and allow students to connect with scientists.