Submit an abstract for Bays and Bayous

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The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to 5 P.M. Central Time on Friday, Sept. 16. View the call for abstracts.

The 2016 Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Bays and Bayous Symposium’s program committee welcomes and encourages the participation of scientists, natural resource professionals, students, business people, educators, outreach specialists, policy and decision makers, consultants and individuals from governmental or non-governmental organizations to submit a presentation abstract.

Presenters are encouraged to discuss current research results that are relevant to Gulf of Mexico environmental issues and how this research is used to support the economy, the environment and society by informing the decision-making process or increasing marine science literacy.

Session topics include:

  • Climate and hazard resilience
  • Oil spill impacts
  • Habitat management and restoration
  • Living resources
  • Water quality and quantity

Abstracts can be submitted for both oral and poster presentations. The oral presentations will be 15 minutes with a 5-minute question-and-answer session following each presentation. Individuals wishing to present must submit an abstract no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Abstracts will be limited to 250 words.

Join Oil Spill Resilience Seminar on September 27 In-person or Online

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What traits made communities more resilient after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill? What programs and resources are available to communities? What lessons can be learned to overcome disasters and strengthen resiliency? Photo courtesy of Mississippi Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.

Building resilient communities: Lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

The Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Team will host a seminar on community resiliency following environmental disasters on September 27, 2016 in Long Beach, MS. To register to join the seminar in person or online, click here.

 

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Walton joins Sea Grant as oyster aquaculture extension specialist

walton bio pic 1(OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss.) — The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) welcomes Bill Walton of Auburn University to its outreach team. He is serving as an oyster aquaculture extension specialist who will use aquaculture as a tool for restoration, stock assessment and farming to help increase oyster production in Mississippi.

Walton, who has a doctorate degree in fisheries science, is also an associate professor at Auburn University, an extension specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and a faculty member at Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

A partnership between the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR), The University of Southern Mississippi, Auburn University, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and MASGC made the position possible. Read More

MASGC seeks fiscal officer

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) is searching for a fiscal officer to help support its university-based coastal science program.

Candidates must be able to formulate and manage budgets; process, produce and organize financial information; balance and reconcile accounts; and develop proposals. They should have extensive experience in accounting, finance and grants.gov.

The position is a full-time position with benefits through The University of Southern Mississippi and will be located at USM’s Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree and three years in business and fiscal management. A master’s degree is preferred.

Candidates must apply online (http://usm.edu/employment-hr, posting number 0004046) through USM.

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium is a program that supports marine research, extension, outreach and education programs. MASGC is one of 33 Sea Grant College Programs located around the United States.

Oil Spill Outreach Team gets three more years of funding

Great news, friends — the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has agreed to continue funding our Oil Spill Science Outreach Team for three more years! Read all about it in a staff blog by Larissa Graham, part of the outreach team.

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Red snapper funding opportunity announced

A lucky anglers hauls in a red snapper from the Gulf of Mexico.

Florida Sea Grant agent Betty Staugler readies a red snapper for return to its depth using a spring-loaded descending device. (Florida Sea Grant photo)

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, on behalf of the Sea Grant college programs in the Gulf of Mexico region and NOAA Fisheries, is accepting proposals to develop an experimental design(s) that will be incorporated into larger advanced technology and mark-recapture requests for proposals planned for Fiscal Year 2017.

The deadline for letters of intent for the design phase of this research effort is 5 p.m. Central Time on Friday, June 3, 2016.

The design will be used to assess the population of red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) on artificial reefs and other structures, and as the basis for a Gulf-wide estimate (with estimates also produced for natural habitats) of absolute abundance.

The red snapper is a popular target of anglers and the commercial fishing industry throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Historical overharvesting resulted in a depleted population, but under current management measures the population is recovering, with full recovery expected by 2032.

Some controversy surrounds the current stock assessment for red snapper, particularly with regard to accuracy of population estimates on artificial reefs and other structures considered to be difficult to sample using trawl surveys.

For detailed information, go to http://masgc.org/funding/red-snapper

Keep your eyes open for tagged crabs

Scientists at Nicholls State University in Louisiana are asking crabbers, shrimpers, fishers and the general public to report any tagged blue crab they catch. The project includes tagging in various areas of the Gulf, and the researchers are studying regional-scale movements of the blue crab. They have a special interest in females once they leave the estuaries and enter the Gulf. Each reported tag carries a reward of $5-$50.

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