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…

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…

Sea Grant team to host free workshop on marine mammals and oil

On March 29, members of the Sea Grant oil spill science outreach team will gather at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Offices in Galveston, Texas, to host their next free seminar, “Oil spill response, assessment, and restoration: Marine mammals.” There, university researchers and government experts will reveal what they know about how oil…

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,…

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…

Oil Spill Science Seminar: Five years later, what have we learned?

On March 18, 2015, the Oil Spill Science Outreach Team will be holding a fisheries seminar, “Oil Spill Science Seminar: Five years later, what have we learned?” This seminar is free and open to the public. Scientists will present the latest fisheries-related research about the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and dispersant application on…

Marine mammal grants awarded

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service in partnership with the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium has awarded two grants in support of bottlenose dolphin conservation and marine mammal stranding response in the Gulf of Mexico and Southern Atlantic regions. Geo-Marine, Inc. in Plano, Texas, partnered with Applied Research Associates in Vicksburg, Miss.,…

What are fish descending devices?

Experienced deep-sea anglers are all too familiar with the challenge of releasing snapper, grouper and other reef species caught in deep water. It’s not an issue unique to the Gulf of Mexico. In fact, it is fair to say it happens worldwide. The problem is barotrauma, a condition caused by the rapid change in atmospheric…