Environmental Oceanography: Topics and Analysis
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1:  Why do you think the researchers at VIMS were interested in these data?

2:  How could knowledge of the whelk’s preferred habitat be used by scientists to determine its potential range in an estuary like Chesapeake Bay?

3:  Design a research project to study and measure the evolving impact of R. venosa on Chesapeake Bay, as well as its potential impact on other habitats along the East Coast. Suggest means by which the whelk’s impact might be reduced or controlled.

4:  Explain how mute swans got to Chesapeake Bay.

5:  How do biologists kill (addle) mute swan eggs?

6:  Why don’t biologists just crush the eggs?

7:  In terms of numbers, how had the original 4,000 mute swan “infestation” been reduced by April 2004 when the audio was made?

8:  What reasons did biologists give for advocating removal of the swans?

9:  On a sheet of graph paper, or on our website (http://www.jbpub .com/abel/ ), graph the decline in the Chesapeake Bay oyster harvest shown in Figure I 22-3 from 1885 to 2006.

10:  What reasons did the report give for the decline of native Chesapeake Bay oysters?

11:  One of the major causes of the oyster disease is nutrient pollution associated with human population growth in the region. Did the report mention this fact? Explain whether the report should note this fact.

12:  Commercial oyster fi sher Jeff Hammer is described as being in the “vanguard of an effort to restore the oyster industry.” Does the report describe anyone as being in the vanguard of an effort to restore Chesapeake Bay as an alternative to the introduction of Asian oysters?

13:  Explain whether restoring Chesapeake Bay is an alternative to the introduction of Asian oysters.

14:  What are the risks of Asian oyster farming or introduction in Chesapeake Bay?

15:  Explain whether these risks are acceptable.

16:  One citizen stated, “No matter how much study goes into this, I don’t believe we can be 100% sure that we will not introduce another problem non-native species.” Explain whether you agree or disagree with this statement.

17:  Who are the stakeholders (interested or affected parties) in this issue? Explain which stake holder is most important and which is least.

18:  Discuss alternatives to introducing oysters into Chesapeake Bay.

19:  Discuss whether you would favor the introduction of Asian oysters into Chesapeake Bay.

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