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.

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Planning for economic sustainability

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 goal was to introduce a recently formed team of specialists to our farmers and make them aware of business management resources and tools through Outreach. The areas of expertise represented included economics, accounting, tax law and crop management among others…” Read more

Red snapper research funding opportunity announced

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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 is to develop an independent abundance estimate of Age-2 and older red snapper. The successful applicant will determine the absolute abundance of the red snapper population by habitat type, including artificial reefs, natural reefs and unclassified habitats. The design must include mark-recapture tagging and advanced technology methods.

A letter of intent is required to submit a full proposal and is due by 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 7, 2017. The proposal submission deadline is 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 9, 2017.

A webinar will be held to discuss this funding opportunity on March 31 from 1-2:30 p.m. CDT. Please visit the MASGC red snapper RFP webpage for instructions on how to participate in the webinar.

New oil spill science workshop announced!

Save the date for Sea turtles & oil spills, Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 at Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. It will explore how sea turtles fared during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and discuss ongoing conservation and restoration efforts. Not near Texas? Never fear! This workshop is also available as a webinar the day of the event. Click here for more information.

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Now hiring: National water extension liaison

As part of a growing effort for collaboration between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service and NOAA Sea Grant, The University of Alabama is seeking qualified applicants for the position of National Extension Liaison. The liaison will be located at the National Water Center (NWC) on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Funding for this position is for five years. continuation to and beyond the initial five years will be contingent upon a favorable program evaluation, need and availability of funds. Read more

Administrator needed for Mississippi oyster gardening program

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We’re looking for someone to establish and maintain a new oyster restoration/public education project in Mississippi. Duties will include, but not be limited to, recruiting, and maintaining a volunteer base of oyster gardeners and assisting in grant writing for project continuation.

The selected candidate will have a strong background in biology, fisheries, environmental science or related field with excellent written, communication, involving public speaking and computer skills. Read more

Join Next Oil Spill Science Workshop February 6

Exploring the intersection between oil spill science and response

February 6, 2017 – New Orleans, LA or via online webinaroiledsargassum(NOAA)

This workshop is designed to create an environment where local scientists working on oil spill research and local emergency responders are able to clearly communicate their needs and form partnerships with one another. For more information, click here.

Check out the Oil Spill Science Outreach Team’s latest publication!

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Wondering about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s human impacts? Learn how the 2010 spill affected mental health in both individuals and coastal communities. To read, click here to open the publication The Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s impact on people’s health: Increases in stress and anxiety.

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