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Can Suminoe Oysters Save Chesapeake Bay?
This dilemma case explores the controversy over introducing non-native oysters to the Chesapeake Bay as a means of improving its ecological and economic health. Developed for use in an interdisciplinary doctoral program in energy and environmental studies, it could be adapted for undergraduate courses ranging from ecology and biology to political science and geography. The case introduces students to the various stakeholders and their positions from the point of view of a senator who must cast the deciding vote on whether or not to introduce Suminoe oysters (Crassostrea ariakensis) into the bay. Students read the case, then work in small groups to develop a stakeholder position, which they later role-play in class in a simulated public hearing.
|Keywords:||Chesapeake Bay; Suminoe oyster; Crassostrea ariakensis; native Eastern oyster; water pollution; nutrient loading; introduced species; Massachusetts|
|Topical Area:||Social issues|
|Educational Level:||High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate|
|Type/Method:||Dilemma/Decision, Public Hearing, Role-Play|
|Subject Headings:||Environmental Science Ecology Natural Resource Management Geography Hydrology|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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This case includes a PowerPoint presentation on the hydrology and ecology of Chesapeake Bay.