Scientific team selected to conduct independent  abundance estimate of red snapper in Gulf of Mexico

A team of university and government scientists, selected by an expert review panel convened by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, will conduct an independent study to estimate the number of red snapper in the U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico. “American communities across the Gulf of Mexico depend on their access to, as well…

Mississippi nature-tourism summit set for Nov. 29

Do you own or operate a nature-based tourism business in coastal Mississippi? Do you make every effort to celebrate the area’s natural resources while protecting clean water, reducing litter and providing a safe experience for your guests? If so, mark your calendars for Wednesday, Nov. 29, and plan to join us in Gulfport for a…

Alabama, Mississippi aquaculture projects receive funding

Two projects in Alabama and Mississippi have been selected for funding through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sea Grant Integrated Projects to Increase Aquaculture Production grant competition. Reginald Blaylock of The University of Southern Mississippi and his research team will be awarded $994,955 for their project “Commercializing intensive copepod culture: A transformational foundation essential for increasing…

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…

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…

Innovative partnership to strengthen local communities against storms, floods

(MOBILE, Ala.) – The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and Smart Home America are pleased to announce a new, first-of-its-kind partnership to increase wind and flood resilience across coastal Alabama and Mississippi. This agreement aligns the common missions of both organizations through a shared staff position Both organizations agreed to hire Henry (Hank) Hodde, a certified…

Louisiana Sea Grant techniques, equipment to improve Alabama hatchery’s production of oyster larvae

(DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala.) — In an effort to improve survival of oyster larvae grown at the Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory, scientists are adopting innovative techniques developed by John Supan of the Louisiana Sea Grant Oyster Research Laboratory. These high-density larval culture techniques will allow for tighter control of production conditions. This effort to help the…