Ecotourism Workshop March 12 at Stella Plantation

Coastal landowners, farmers, charter fishermen, marina owners, swamp tour operators and others interested in income opportunities from nature-based tourism are invited to attend the Coastal Ecotourism Workshop, sponsored by Louisiana Sea Grant and the LSU AgCenter. The workshop will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 12, at the Stella Plantation, 4881 LA 39,…

Bays and Bayous brings 364 people to Biloxi

The 2012 Mississippi-Alabama Bays and Bayous Symposium attracted 364 people for two days of presentations about current coastal research and outreach. People from 10 states attended the event, where 185 presenters shared information in five different sessions.

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…

Surge, wave gauges deployed for Hurricane Isaac research

As part of an ongoing storm surge and wave monitoring project for Dauphin Island, Ala., scientists recently deployed five surge/wave gauges and an atmospheric pressure gauge to record the effects of Hurricane Isaac as it passes through the area. The gauges were deployed early Monday morning (8/27/2012) with the help of University of South Alabama Assistant Professor…

Oil Spill Dispersant Research

Three Louisiana State University scientists received a $500,000, three-year grant from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency to study the feasibility of producing “green” dispersants for future oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico. LSU AgCenter faculty  Andrew Nyman and Chris Green and AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant faculty member Brian LeBlanc will begin their research this…

Zeke’s Landing Marina pioneers fish recycling program

Zeke’s Landing Marina, the first Clean Marina in Alabama, and Protein Products, Inc., a leader in servicing premier pet food companies, have created a way to keep fish carcasses from being taken to landfills. A newly launched fish recycling program, sponsored in part by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, is repurposing fish parts that are…

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

A small portion of Texas’ commercial shrimping fleet will begin trawling state and federal waters 30 minutes after sunset on Sunday 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…