Short Citation:
Office for Coastal Management, 2020: Evaluating Whether Oyster Aquaculture Can Help Restore Water Quality - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative),

Item Identification

Title: Evaluating Whether Oyster Aquaculture Can Help Restore Water Quality - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative)
Status: Planned

A number of towns are exploring the use of various shellfish aquaculture systems to remediate water quality. This project addresses a critical information gap identified by water quality managers and regulators, specifically: how much nitrogen is removed from coastal waters by common oyster aquaculture methods, and what culturing practices should be adopted to maximize benefits for water quality?


For coastal communities, such as those on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, water quality and the overall health of coastal systems has been deteriorating due to nitrogen pollution, which can come from septic systems, fertilizers, and atmospheric deposition. Excess nitrogen leads to negative ecological and economic impacts on communities and coastal areas, including algal blooms, fish kills, and shellfish and beach closures. Towns along Cape Cod are under pressure to improve coastal water quality, but many approaches are very costly, such as developing centralized sewer treatment infrastructure for homes that currently have septic systems.

Supplemental Information:

Project Lead

Daniel Rogers

Stonehill College

(508) 565-1589

Project Type

Collaborative Research – generating

science that informs decisions

Project Collaborators

• Town of Falmouth

• Science Wares Inc.

• Waquoit Bay National Estuarine

Research Reserve

• Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords Earth Science > Biosphere > Ecosystems > Marine Ecosystems > Estuary

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > Massachusetts
None Waquoit Bay NERR, MA

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Distribution Liability:

The distributor does not assume liability.

Support Roles

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 795447
Date Effective From: 2017-10-31
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Cothran, Jeremy
Email Address:


CC ID: 795448
Date Effective From: 2017-11
Date Effective To: 2019
Contact (Person): Rogers, Daniel
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 795445
W° Bound: -70.555
E° Bound: -70.482
N° Bound: 41.64
S° Bound: 41.544

Waquoit Bay, MA NERR

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 795444
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2017-11-01
End: 2019-10-01

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

Cite this dataset when used as a source: NOAA retains the right to analyze, synthesize and publish summaries of the NERRS/NSC data. The NERRS/NSC retains the right to be fully credited for having collected and process the data. Following academic courtesy standards, the NERR site where the data were collected should be contacted and fully acknowledged in any subsequent publications in which any part of the data are used. The data enclosed within this package/transmission are only as accurate as the quality assurance and quality control procedures that are described in the associated metadata reporting statement allow. The user bears all responsibility for its subsequent use/misuse in any further analyses or comparisons. The Federal government does not assume liability to the Recipient or third persons, nor will the Federal government reimburse or indemnify the Recipient for its liability due to any losses resulting in any way from the use of this data. Requested citation format: NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative(NSC).



CC ID: 795450
URL Type:
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Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 54578
Metadata Record Created By: Jeremy Cothran
Metadata Record Created: 2018-11-01 11:23+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Tyler Christensen
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2019-11-08 16:17+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-11-08
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2020-11-08