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St. George School students Hunter Yattaw and Chris Mathieson used nets to determine what organisms live in the Herring Gut pound.

St. George School students Hunter Yattaw and Chris Mathieson used nets to determine what organisms live in the Herring Gut pound.

by Jaden Petersdorf

This year St. George students Hunter Yattaw, Chris Mathieson and me (Jaden) are involved in a new program at Herring Gut. Three afternoons a week we go to Herring Gut for some hands-on learning. We are growing sugar kelp in Herring Gut Learning Center’s pound.

Before we started, we had to get supplies and information for our project. We had to test the salt water in the growing site for pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. We used a hydrometer to test salinity. All this information will tell us if the seaweed will grow healthy. As part of the Department of Marine Resources (D.M.R.) permitting process, we had to draw and measure the perimeter. We used a survey tape and when we found that Hunter’s and my feet were one foot exactly, we used our feet as a measuring tool! We surveyed the species that live in the grow site. We put on waders and with nets scooped the water to find what other organisms lived in the site. We found oysters, steamer clams, razor clams, green crabs, shrimp and fish.

We are having fun and would like to thank Herring Gut teachers Ann Boover and Alex Brasili for offering this course.

PHOTO: Ann Boover

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