Collaborative Effort Produces a 10 Year Summary of Nantucket Harbor Research

nantucket harborNANTUCKET – The Maria Mitchell Association, in collaboration with the Nantucket Land Council and the Nantucket Shellfish Association, has produced a 20-page book highlighting a decade of research focused on Nantucket Harbor.

“Nantucket Harbor Research: A Ten Year Summary” is a synopsis of research projects conducted by island conservation groups ranging from horseshoe crab populations to shell recycling to salt marsh restoration.

The publication effort was led by the Maria Mitchell Association with the project funded by money raised from the 2013 Nantucket Paddle Battle and funding from the Nantucket Shellfish Association to print 6,000 copies.

The book is divided into four sections and includes research on harbor ecology, shellfish, conservation and management.

“There has been so much research conducted in Nantucket’s harbors over the years that it is difficult to keep track of it all,” said Andrew McKenna-Foster, Director of Natural Science from the Maria Mitchell Association. “We hope that as people become more aware of harbor research, they will become more involved in actively protecting this great resource.”

The Maria Mitchell Association is named after America’s first female astronomer.

Maria Mitchell discovered a comet over Nantucket in October 1847 and went on to become the first professor at Vassar College.

The Maria Mitchell Association was formed in 1902 to preserve her legacy of scientific achievement and to carry on her passion for hands-on learning.

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