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…

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….

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…

Planning for sustainable coastal economies

Tools, resources can help fisheries businesses create business plans and plan for resilience. Read more in Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant’s staff blog by Rusty Grice, oyster aquaculture business specialist. “Recently, I attended a seminar that was presented by agents from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System called F.A.R.M Outlook 2017 which stands for Farm Agribusiness Resource Management. The…

Red snapper research funding opportunity

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium is accepting proposal submissions to estimate the abundance of red snapper in the U.S. waters in the Gulf of Mexico. MASGC anticipates funding one proposal at a level of $9.5 million plus a non-federal match requirement of $2.5 million. Proposals from institutions of higher education are welcome. This funding opportunity…