Environment

What's My Story: Marine Ecologist

James Morris is a marine ecologist for NOAA focused on protecting the ocean's fisheries from invasive species. He grew up around the docks of a small fishing village as a 6th generation fisherman. He loves fishing and wants to be sure there is a flourishing fishery for more generations of small communities along the coast.

When did you discover you wanted to be a marine ecologist?

Lionfish

The lionfish is an invasive species that threatens the state's commercial fishing industry because they eat the foods that grouper and snapper eat, along with juvenile grouper and snapper. Lionfish have no known predators and have a rapid reproduction rate, which is why they are taking over the reef ecosystem.

Rain Catchers

Stormwater runoff is a major source of pollution in our streams and lakes. Those lakes are also a source of drinking water. State law requires cities and towns to cleanup the runoff, because it doesn't get treated in sewage plants - it goes right in the lakes and rivers. Durham is launching an innovative 5 year program called 'Raincatchers' in hopes of slowing down, reducing, and naturally cleaning up stormwater.

O2 Solar Power

O2 Energies focuses on developing and owning large scale ground-mounted solar power plants in the Southeast United States. O2 Energies customizes each solar project based on factors such as work opportunities for local contractors and training and educational opportunities for local residents.

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