Students learn the waters
Northumberland Middle School students examine a crab on the eco-tour.
Eighteen Northumberland Middle School students spent Saturday getting a glimpse of life on the local waters as Capt. David Rowe took them out on an “eco-tour” sponsored by the Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship.
The seventh graders learned quickly that a waterman’s work is tough. When Rowe stopped his vessel, the “Bayquest”, over public oyster grounds and let the youngsters try tonging for them at least one was moved to say, “Hey! This is hard work,” Lee Allain of NAPS who was aboard said.
It wasn’t that satisfactorily rewarded, either. Rowe opened some oysters for the kids to try raw and “a few were swallowed but most were mouthed and spit overboard,” Allain said.
With Rowe and biology teacher Dr. Mathieu Sisk bantering about the Bay and its ecology, the tour moved on to crab pots…
—Read the full story in the April 30 issue of the Northumberland Echo!