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…

Gulf ecosystem display for Sargent Beach pier now available as posters from Texas Sea Grant

The installation of a new educational display at the Sargent Fishing Pier in Matagorda County has been delayed by Hurricane Harvey, but paper copies of the posters are available now from the Texas Sea Grant College Program. The new pier at Sargent Beach has been in the making for the better part of a decade,…

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…

Responding to oil spills in beach habitats seminar set for 11/13/17 in Mobile, Ala.

The second of three Responding to oil spills seminars will take place in Mobile, Alabama, an all-day free event where scientists and responders discuss the unique challenges created by oil spills affecting beach and nearshore environments. The event, hosted by the Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Team, is open to the public. Lunch will be provided…

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…

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…

Turtles and Oil Spills Workshops Held

Experts united at Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas to talk about sea turtles and oil spills. Check this link for a local news report on the event, led by oil spill science specialist Chris Hale. Source: Turtles and Oil Spills Workshops Held

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…