Sea Grant programs in Gulf receive $2 million in NOAA funding to support aquaculture research

NOAA Sea Grant announces the award of over $2 million in grants for five projects in Gulf of Mexico states to further advance the development of a sustainable marine and coastal aquaculture industry in the U.S. The awards are part of an overall $11 million announcement made Oct. 17 that will fund 22 projects in…

Oil spill specialists join scientists for dispersant testing

Two members of the Gulf Sea Grant oil spill science outreach team recently visited Ohmsett, an oil spill science testing facility overseen by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). Florida Sea Grant’s Monica Wilson and Louisiana Sea Grant’s Emily Maung-Douglass traveled to New Jersey at the invitation of Tim Nedwed, Oil Spill Response…

Gulf-wide Sea Grant team receives national award for oil spill science outreach efforts

(OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss.) – The Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Team received the National Superior Outreach Programming Award (SOPA), Sea Grant’s highest extension honor, at a Sept. 20 ceremony in Portland, Oregon. The team of outreach professionals is based in programs located around the Gulf of Mexico and works to synthesize and share peer-reviewed…

Oysters the focus of new Sea Grant oil spill science publication

In the Gulf of Mexico and around the country, oyster restoration and aquaculture is a hot topic. A popular seafood delicacy, oysters in the wild also perform important ecological functions. These shellfish naturally filter nutrients from water that passes through their gills and the reefs they live on help stabilize the shoreline. Both of these…

Sea Grant team tapped for oil industry ‘spill drill’

Texas Sea Grant Specialist Chris Hale, a member of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill science outreach team, spent a day in The Woodlands, Texas, participating in an oil industry exercise where response teams gathered to work through the management of a potential oil spill scenario. Anadarko’s response exercise is an annual preparedness activity that…

Bays and Bayous abstract deadline extended

The deadline to submit abstracts for the 2018 Alabama-Mississippi Bays and Bayous Symposium has been extended until Sept. 14. The symposium will take place Nov. 28-29 in Mobile, Alabama, and its theme is “Navigating Waves of Change.” Scientists, resource managers, elected officials or agency representatives, community action group members, industry representatives and others are invited to…

Attend Online: Understanding USDA Farm Service Agency Programs for Shellfish Growers

Shellfish growers who want to learn more about USDA Farm Service Agency programs that provide support and disaster relief may want to tune in to a free broadcast of a seminar on Friday, Aug. 24 , from 2-4 pm organized by the University of Florida IFAS Extension service. Heather Boyd, agricultural program specialist at Florida’s…

Partyka newest specialist in Gulf of Mexico oil spill outreach program

Missy Partyka has joined the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium as the newest member of the Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant oil spill science outreach team. Based in the Auburn University Marine Extension and Research Center in Mobile, Ala., Partyka will serve as an extension specialist to audiences in the region and around the country interested…

Seminar delves into technology used to study marine oil spills

The Sea Grant oil spill science outreach team just announced a new opportunity to learn about some of the specialized equipment scientists use when studying oil at sea. The team will host Technology used to study oil spills, Part 2, the follow up to 2016’s popular seminar Technology and Deepwater Horizon, on August 29. The…