2006-10-06 / Community

Estuary Live'Broadcast At Jamaica Bay

Pictured: Dan Mundy talks with students at Big Egg Marsh. Pictured: Dan Mundy talks with students at Big Egg Marsh. Scientists and educators were filmed for a nationwide live web broadcast about Jamaica Bay and the disappearing marshes last Friday at Big Egg Marsh in Broad Channel.

Students from around the country, as well as around the world, watched the program from their classrooms and were able to submit questions to the on-site experts. On hand were representatives from Gateway National Recreation Area, Environmental Protection Agency, NYSDEC, Army Corps of Engineers, Columbus University, Dan Mundy from the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, Mickey Cohen from the American Littoral Society and Don Riepe, Jamaica Bay Guardian. Students from Beach Channel High School and Explore 2000 were there to help out and learn about the bay's ecology and concerns.

Highlights included seining (a system of catching fish or marine life with nets) for crabs, fish and other marine life, water chemistry testing, sediment sampling and discussions about marsh loss. Local environmentalists Riepe and Mundy answered student questions about birds, horseshoe crabs and stewardship. The event was filmed by Metrovision and coordinated by Laura Bartovics of New York Sea Grant. For more information about the program visit www.estuaries.gov.

Lisa Eckert from Gateway National Recreation Area. Lisa Eckert from Gateway National Recreation Area. Mickey Cohen holds up seaweed samples.  Mickey Cohen holds up seaweed samples. The group filming for the live web cast. The group filming for the live web cast. Students seining for marine life. Students seining for marine life.

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