Task force formed to address Apalachicola Bay oyster fishery collapse

Responding to the oyster fishery collapse in Apalachicola Bay, Florida Sea Grant and experts with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will join forces with local seafood producers to find ways of restoring sustainable populations of the area’s world-famous oysters. “We’re extremely concerned and want to help however we can,” said…

Modified gear could increase shrimp catch by 10 percent, limit bycatch

A small portion of Texas’ commercial shrimping fleet is trawling state and federal waters with modified gear that could increase their catch by as much as 10 percent while limiting the amount of unwanted species caught to federally acceptable levels. For an industry that frequently operates on a razor thin margin between profitability and going…

Residents can make rain barrels at Spanish Fort workshop

(Mobile, Ala.) – Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant, in partnership with the Coastal Alabama Clean Water Partnership and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, will hold a rain barrel workshop from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Spanish Fort City Hall, 7581 Spanish Fort Blvd., in Spanish Fort. Workshop participants will learn about important water quality and conservation…

Texas suffers hypoxic areas of its own making

This is one time it’s better that not everything is bigger in Texas. Texas A&M University (TAMU) oceanographer Dr. Steven DiMarco and Oceanography doctoral student Ruth Mullins-Perry have documented periodic hypoxic zones — areas of water with very low levels of dissolved oxygen — off the Texas coast. These Texas zones are often not related…

Texas Sea Grant duo funded to find better BRDs

 A federal grant to Texas A&M University may lead to more efficient testing, certification and adoption of improved commercial shrimp fishing gear that will also contribute to the sustainability of the nation’s other fisheries. The Texas Sea Grant College Program’s (TXSG) Gary Graham and Tony Reisinger will use the $83,571 award from the National Oceanic…

Hurricane Isaac Water Damage Photos Sought

Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter personnel need the public’s help in assessing flooding that occurred during Hurricane Isaac. People with photos of Isaac flooding are asked to email the images to Maurice Wolcott at mwolcott@agctr.lsu.edu with the street address of where the photo was taken. For more information, visit http://www.laseagrant.org/comm/2012/photosneeded.htm.

Journal of Extension – Resilience Index

Journal of Extension – Resilience Index

Here’s an article about the Coastal Community Resilience Index in the Journal of Extension. Sea Grant in each Gulf of Mexico state has worked with this index. 

New Laborde Chair Announced

Standish Allen Jr. has been named the Laborde Endowed Chair for Sea Grant Research and Technology Transfer by the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program (LSG). His appointment runs through June 2013. During his tenure as Laborde Chair, Allen will spend much of his time at the Louisiana Sea Grant hatchery assessing the facility’s oyster broodstock…