Volunteers in the Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program grew more than 50,100 oysters this season. These people and organizations make the restoration program work: volunteers, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, Alabama Clean Water Partnership – Coastal Basin, The Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University Shellfish Lab, the Auburn University Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquaculture, the Auburn University Marine Extension and Research Center and the Alabama Marine Resources Division.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in coordination with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, LSU AgCenter, Louisiana Sea Grant, Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and fisheries industry leaders, launched the Louisiana Certified Seafood Program. This origin-based certification program aims to build a unified brand that will attract not only consumers, but also food service and seafood distribution buyers who want to ensure they are sourcing the best tasting seafood in the world – Louisiana seafood!
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.
The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) continues its support of a graduate assistantship opportunity called the Coastal Science Assistantship Program (CSAP). This program provides graduate assistant salaries for three years to Master of Science students both enrolled full-time at Louisiana colleges/universities and involved in research relevant to Louisiana coastal protection and restoration efforts. The Louisiana Sea Grant (LSG) College Program administers these assistantships with funding provided by CPRA.
The assistantships are available to faculty pursuing appropriate coastal protection and restoration-related research at Louisiana colleges/universities to recruit new, outstanding graduate students. Up to four new students will be funded each academic year. The annual student salary is $25,000 for three years.
Applications must be submitted by Dec. 14, 2012. Assistantship awards will be made by Jan. 30, 2013. Complete information on CSAP plus program requirements and application procedures are available at Louisiana Sea Grant – Coastal Science Assistantship Program website.