Workshop to explore how communities can prepare for flood events

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program, in conjunction with the American Planning Association chapter for the state of Mississippi, is planning an event from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, to discuss the topic of flood mitigation at the community level. The workshop will be held in Biloxi at the city’s community development building,…

Sea Grant Agents Bring Together Fishing Guides and Scientists for Pioneering Snook Project

A new video shows how fishing guides and Florida Sea Grant agents are collaborating on a novel snook research study. Warmer winters have caused snook populations to expand northward in the Gulf of Mexico and scientists suspect climate change could be responsible. Emma Pistole, a master’s student at the University of Florida, is working with the…

Alabama shellfish and aquaculture situation report released

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and Auburn University Marine Extension and Research Center announce the publication of the “Alabama Shellfish and Aquaculture Situation and Outlook Report: Production Year 2016.” The report summarizes anonymous survey responses from 11 of the 14 oyster aquaculture operations that are certified by the Alabama Department of Public Health. The operations…

New Oil Spill Science Outreach Publication Released

“Predicting the movement of oil,” a new in-depth outreach publication from the Oil Spill Science Outreach Team, highlights how scientists used computer models during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as tools to predict the path and fate of the oil.

Boater’s guide to small oil spills available now

We hope many of you are taking advantage of the rising temperatures to enjoy time on the water. With that in mind, we have created a Gulf-wide guide on how to prepare for and respond to an accidental oil or fuel spill on your own vessel. These one-page fact sheets—printed on waterproof paper for on-board…

McDonald to coordinate Mississippi Oyster Gardening Program

After its 2016 pilot run, the Mississippi Oyster Gardening Program will open its first season in June with nine sites along the Coast. Justin McDonald has been hired to manage and grow the program, which organizes volunteers and the materials they need to grow oysters that will be used to restore reefs in the state….

Group recognizes Ocean Springs for climate resilience efforts

Members of the Gulf of Mexico Climate and Resilience Community of Practice honored the City of Ocean Springs on May 17 for its exemplary work in the field of climate adaptation planning and environmental resilience. Through a competitive process, group members voted for Ocean Springs to receive its 2017 Spirit of Community Award (in the community…

Carnahan, Collini recognized for climate, resilience efforts

The Gulf of Mexico Climate and Resilience Community of Practice selected Libby Carnahan, extension agent with Florida Sea Grant, and Renee Collini, coordinator for the Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative, as recipients of the 2017 Spirit of Community Award in the individual category. Each year the Climate and Resilience Community of Practice, an…