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    Graduation Project

    Ideas for a topic for graduation project? Anything, but something environmental/ocean related would be better.

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    What is a graduation project? Do you have to do some community type service to graduate school now?

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    Yeah for HS, some colleges too.

    Basically I have to do research on a topic, say beehives and how the affect the local economy or ecosystem or something. I then have to make a product that relates to this topic. I use the help of a mentor in that specific field that I am doing ( beekeeper for example).

    I would like to do something surf/ocean or environmental related but I'm not sure what.

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    What's causing the recent dolphin die-offs off the U.S. Atlantic coast?
    Do sand replenishment projects create unhealthy water quality problems?
    Impact of Navy sonar operation and testing on cetaceans (whales and dolphins).
    Is there a correlation between increased seal populations off the New England coast and the presence of Great White sharks?
    The anticipated impact of rising sea levels on the coastal U.S.
    The impact of plastic waste on the ocean environment.

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    the effect of sharknados on the price of tea in china. guaranteed A++

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    The carbon footprint of surfboards and then shape a board

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    Where are you located, banman?

    I would look at fishery issues if I were you--so many different aspects for you to choose from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krl0919 View Post
    the effect of sharknados on the price of tea in china. guaranteed A++
    You're talking some PhD chitt right der!

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    Quote Originally Posted by banman View Post
    Yeah for HS, some colleges too.

    Basically I have to do research on a topic, say beehives and how the affect the local economy or ecosystem or something. I then have to make a product that relates to this topic. I use the help of a mentor in that specific field that I am doing ( beekeeper for example).

    I would like to do something surf/ocean or environmental related but I'm not sure what.
    You're in Wilmington, right? Is this for your senior project? If so, you should check out the oyster recycling program. That's what I did for my senior project. I had a blast helping out and I learned a lot about our local ecosystem.

    It starts with our local Stump Sound oyster population, which is struggling to survive due to over harvesting. Over harvesting just doesn't affect the oysters - it affects our local fish population. Local fish use the oyster estuaries to lay their eggs. The estuaries offer protection from larger predators and fishermen alike. So when the oyster estuaries are over harvested, our local Stump Sound population struggles as does our local fish population; especially the flounder.

    The North Carolina Oyster Shell Recycling Program collects used shells, from local restaurants, for estuary deposits. Once the shells are clean, the team will dump them into the river, essentially creating an "oyster shell stockpile." Oysters start out as free floating organisms that stick to objects, like recycled oyster shells. The plan is that the recycled stockpile becomes a new estuary after a few years. In doing so, these man-made estuaries become a new haven for local fish. It's a win-win for our region.

    One of the highlights of working with the program was the Flat Bottom Girls Flounder Tournament. Once we weigh the flounder, they are shipped to Brunswick County for breeding purposes. The flounder offspring are then released nearby the new estuaries; hopefully, to find a new home and future breeding spot for years to come. The tournament goes down in November, so get on it!

    My mentor was Tim Barefoot, from Barefoot Fishing Rods. He's a cool dude and he knows his stuff. I don't have his number anymore, but I'm sure you can find it online. If you do, make sure to tell him DL says "hello" and that I owe him a beer for helping me ace my senior project.
    Last edited by dlrouen; Aug 30, 2013 at 12:45 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DosXX View Post
    What's causing the recent dolphin die-offs off the U.S. Atlantic coast?
    Do sand replenishment projects create unhealthy water quality problems?
    Impact of Navy sonar operation and testing on cetaceans (whales and dolphins).
    Is there a correlation between increased seal populations off the New England coast and the presence of Great White sharks?
    The anticipated impact of rising sea levels on the coastal U.S.
    The impact of plastic waste on the ocean environment.
    Here's some hypothesising for you... So the Atlantic Intracoastal waterway is a route for boating along the Atlantic and they have a similar system in the gulf too. These waterways have gone neglected, meaning they have not been dredged and are becoming much less navegable from sediment build up.

    Some concerns that arise from dredging is that the rivers and habitats upstream and inland that are connected to the waterways will not be as full because of the new hole that is created in the ocean's/river's bottom.

    If we were to dredge the AIW, would that alleviate some of the impacts of the rising sea levels or would it adversely impact the communities and habitats upstream?