Oil spill team seeking new outreach specialist

The Sea Grant Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Science Outreach Team is looking for an outreach specialist to work out of its Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant office in Mobile, with significant travel around the Gulf of Mexico and beyond. The well-established program serves as a bridge between oil spill science researchers and interested stakeholders, synthesizing and…

New Sea Grant publication addresses oil’s impact on coral communities

The largest accidental marine spill in American history, 2010’s Deepwater Horizon incident occurred deep in the Gulf of Mexico, spreading oil from the blowout site into coastal areas and impacting ecologically-important coastal communities in the process. A new Sea Grant publication Corals and oil spills explains what scientists know about what can happen to these…

Oil science outreach team announces two new seminars for 2018

Audiences interested in oil spill science will have two new opportunities to learn in 2018. The Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Team will start the year by concluding their three-part “Responding to oil spills” seminar series. On January 9 in LaCombe, Louisiana, team members will host scientists and responders who specialize in oil spills in…

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,…

Extension liaison selected for National Water Center

In an effort to meet the needs of water management decision-makers, The University of Alabama (UA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service and NOAA Sea Grant announce that Karen Bareford has been hired as the national water extension liaison at the National Water Center (NWC). Located at the NWC on 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….

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…