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Below, you'll find an archive of information on some of NYSG's recent and past highlighted research projects, activities and initiatives ...


$843,424 Awarded for Long Island Sound Research More>
Sea Grant Programs and US EPA Long Island Sound Study To Fund Two-Year Water Quality Studies


NYSG Partners for Workshop Series Examining NYSDEC Great Lakes Action Agenda More>
  • NYSDEC and NY Sea Grant Announce $89K in Grants for Great Lakes Basin Projects More>


Sea Grant Alerts Millions of U.S. Pet Owners of Potentially Lethal Toxins in NY Waters More>
After news of NYSG's "Harmful Algal Blooms and Dogs" publications was announced by the Associated Press in mid-September 2014, dozens of U.S. media outlets – daily papers, blogs magazines – followed suit, which extended the total potential reach to some 4 million people. And, thanks to reposts on Facebook and Twitter by NOAA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Cornell Cooperative Extension, over 350,000 social media users received the news in their various feeds. “It all goes back to our culture,” says author Dave MacNeill, a NYSG Fisheries Specialist from the State University of New York at Oswego. “Americans are devoted pet owners.”

Related Media:
  • Toxic Algae Blooms Cause Illness, Death in Dogs (Cornell Chronicle, November 4, 2014) More>

  • Dogs and Harmful Algal Blooms (Ducks Unlimited, November-December 2014) (pdf)


Sandy: Science Behind the Storm, Two Years Later (November 2014) More>
Late October 2014 marked the two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy’s landfall in the Metro NY region. Since then, there have been many positions taken by researchers and decision-makers alike on which management response route New York should take: one of resistance (precaution and prevention), resilience (bringing our communities back to their pre-storm state) or re-alignment (evolve and reconfigure what, how and when to rebuild).

"I cannot tell you when the next big one will be, but it will come," says NYSG-funded Stony Brook University storm surge expert Dr. Malcolm Bowman. "It's inevitable in the long term. And the sooner we come to that realization, the better."

Coastal Storms Awareness Program
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s $1.4M "Coastal Storm Awareness Program" (CSAP) is a multi-year partnership with Sea Grant programs in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut that is intended to raise awareness of how severe weather is communicated to and within communities. Below are updates on several of the 10 funded projects, several of which are administered by each of the three Sea Grant programs. Additional information on CSAP can be found at www.nyseagrant.org/csap.
On YouTube: USGS's Oswego unveiling of its new research vessel, R/V Kaho More>
Several New York Sea Grant staffers were on-hand for an August 2014 ceremony at the Lake Ontario Event Center to celebrate the U.S. Geological Survey's newest research vessel, The R/V Kaho.


Long Island Sound Still Suffers from Hypoxia More>
Hypoxia, a condition where the loss of oxygen at the water's bottom affects fish and other living communities, is a concern for researchers studying Long Island Sound. This is an indication that other factors are at play, an issue that Sea Grant scholar Elizabeth Suter pursued with NYSG-funded SBU SoMAS co-investigators whose research was published in a February 2014 issue of the Marine Ecology Progress Series Journal.
  • New Book Synthesizes Decades of Long Island Sound Research More>
    Long Island Sound: Prospects for the Urban Sea is a synthesis of nearly 1,500 research papers on what is known about the historic and recent trends of the ecological health of this water body on Long Island's North Shore.

  • Long Island Sound Stewardship in New York More>
    In Spring 2014, Long Island Sound Study partners with the Town of Brookhaven for field trips to several Long Island Sound Stewardship Sites. Opportunities including nature hikes provide teachers and student with opportunities to learn more about the wonders of the Sound in a hands-on format.


On YouTube: Sea Grant Research Helps Develop a Biological Control for Invasive Mussels More>
As reported in The New York Times, New York Sea Grant research has helped develop a safe, effective, patented biocontrol agent for zebra and quagga mussels that is cheaper than traditional control methods.


Lake Ontario Resident Anglers: Motivations, Constraints, and Facilitators More>
As part of its goal to promote robust coastal business development, NYSG funded a study of Lake Ontario resident anglers, a large and fairly stable angler group whose travel within the Lake Ontario region is less affected by high fuel costs and the state of the economy than non-resident anglers.


NYSG to Receive Nearly $2.4M for Coastal Research and Outreach More>
Sea Grant Projects on storm hazards, climate change, fisheries health, hypoxia, harmful algal blooms

And here are some stories related to this new suite of research ...

  • Investigating Hard Clam Resistance Against QPX Infection More>
    Since the 1990s, several North American Northeast states have suffered severe losses in hard clam stocks due to a fatal disease caused by a microscopic parasite called Quahog Parasite Unknown (QPX). New York Sea Grant has funded numerous research projects conducted at Stony Brook University's Marine Animal Disease Lab to identify the QPX organism and its effects on the hard clam. Most recently, NYSG produced a colorful postcard series to highlight some of the the lab's studies and findings.

  • Understanding Impacts of Climate Change on Summer Flounder More>
    Any changes that investigators find in fishing effort or shifts in flounder distribution will help to inform stock assessments and fishery management as well as provide insight on how to evaluate fish stocks under new climate situations. 

  • Studying the Impact of VHSV on a Key St. Lawrence River Sportfishery More>
    Project results of this NYSG-funded investigation will help managers and policymakers protect the $1.2 billion/year freshwater sportfisheries of New York.

    Also: On Air: Muskies Recovering on the St. Lawrence River More>
    As heard in this report from North Country Public Radio, while muskellunge, or muskies, are popular with anglers for their size and their ability to put up a fight, they are vulnerable to a disease called Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia, or VHS.


NOAA and Sea Grant Announce Projects for $1.4M Coastal Storm Awareness Program More>
Sea Grant programs in NJ, NY and CT award $1.4M in funds for 10 projects to improve hazard warnings for tri-state residents.
  • ESF social scientists improving storm-warning communications - Syracuse Post Standard More>

  • Two studies look to improve hurricane warnings - Cornell Chronicle More>

  • Sea Grant Funds Support Two ESF Researchers More>

  • NOAA and Sea Grant Fund a New Coastal Storm Awareness Program More>
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program announces the award of $1.8M in grants to Sea Grant programs in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.



Researchers Convene in NYC to Discuss Improving Community Awareness on Coastal Storms More>
The Cornell Chronicle
, Syracuse's Post Standard and a string of newspapers, including New York's Newsday, are just some of the media outlets giving attention to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s $1.4M "Coastal Storm Awareness Program" (CSAP). This multi-year effort—a partnership between NOAA and Sea Grant programs in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut—is intended to raise awareness of how severe weather is communicated to and within communities. NYSG

    Related News: ESF social scientists improving storm-warning communications - Syracuse Post Standard More>



Sandy's Harsh Legacy: NYSG Helps New Yorkers Understand and Mitigate Its Impacts More>
In Sandy’s wake, New York Sea Grant surveyed 250 marinas feeling $85 million in economic impacts, tracked the fate of nitrogen inputs to salt marsh ecosystem following sewage treatment failure, and monitored the growth of Fire Island breach.

    NYSG Responds with Research and Outreach More>

 

Weathering the Next Big Storm More>
This Stony Brook Magazine feature examines the efforts of the often-New York Sea Grant-funded Stony Brook's Storm Surge Research Group, whose members offer a bold plan to protect New York City.



Stony Brook University Researcher Malcolm Bowman vs. The Storms More>
As declared by The Village Times Herald, a weekly newspaper published on Long Island's north shore, Bowman was named a "Man of the Year" for raising awareness of coastal storm dangers. A summary of other topical media discussions with the likes of NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, the BBC, and journalist Dan Rather is also included.


On YouTube: Life Beneath the Surface - Spring Outlook for NY's Great Lakes More>
NYSG Specialist Helen Domske talks on WGRZ-TV Buffalo about how the cold winter has impacted New York's Great Lakes - from ice cover, evaporation and lake levels to invasive species control.


Superstorm Sandy: One Year Later - NOAA and Sea Grant Responds and Reflects More>
For seven days in the Fall of 2012, Hurricane Sandy pounded the Caribbean and U.S. East Coast with punishing rain, wind, and waves. As the storm approached landfall, the National Hurricane Center renamed the hurricane "Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy." But to those whose lives were devastated -- it will always be remembered as Superstorm Sandy.

Note: All content on this topic can be found in NYSG's Superstorm Sandy archive, www.nyseagrant.org/superstormsandy. And there's more on the topic of hurricane education and severe storm preparedness atwww.nyseagrant.org/hurricane.

 

Also, here's an update on some of New York Sea Grant's post-Superstorm Sandy research, extension and education efforts ...
  • On Blog: Can Salt Marshes Handle Effluent From a Failed Sewage Treatment Plant? More>
    In early November 2013, New York Sea Grant's Communications Manager Barbara A. Branca visited with a few of the program's funded researchers who are trying to determine if the ecosystem can handle the additional sewage by increasing its capacity to serve as a “nutrient sink,” or, if instead, the enhanced nutrient loads will shift the ecosystem to an alternative state that perpetuates additional organic matter loading.

  • On Blog, On YouTube: Long Island Breach More>
    In late October 2012, Superstorm Sandy split Fire Island, New York into two islands, creating a new inlet to the bay behind it. As seen in a video clip from National Geographic and documented in a photo journal blog, New York Sea Grant-funded scientists explain why monitoring the breach is important, as its evolution will affect the tidal dynamics and the ecosystem of the Long Island's eastern Great South Bay.

    Also in the blog, Flagg discusses findings from a new report that reveals, in December 2013, that the size of the inlet has stabilized at around 400 square meters. He says it has remained relatively constant for nine months but may have the potential to get bigger.

  • On Air: NOAA Announces Sea Grant's Coastal Storm Awareness Program More>
    As discussed by Peyton Robertson, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Chair of Sandy Assessment Team via Federal News Radio, Sea Grant programs in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut are administering a new $1.8M NOAA-funded Coastal Storm Awareness Program. The funded projects will examine how people react to storm warnings and how to best communicate this information to communities and its residents.

  • National Geographic: Rising Seas More>
    In September 2013, National Geographic placed a spotlight on climate change in its extensive feature story, "Rising Seas," which focused on a central series of concepts: As the planet warms, the sea rises. Coastlines flood. What will we protect? What will we abandon? How will we face the danger of rising seas?

On YouTube, On Air: Cornell Researchers Find Contaminants May Cause Birds to Sing a Different Tune More>
Within days of being published in the journal PLOS ONE in mid-September 2013, the findings of this New York Sea Grant-funded Cornell Lab of Ornithology research generated many tweets (no pun intended) and posts on, respectively, Twitter and Facebook. The project also garnered a great deal of news coverage from print and online sources, wherein investigators elaborated on their study of songbirds that exhibited inconsistency in their songs.

Could this occurrence be caused by contaminants that persist in the sediments of the Hudson River region? Read on for more on this project's findings, including video and audio clips.
  • On Air: How PCBs Alter Bird Songs More>
    In an audio segment by Academic Minute, Drexel University's and former NYSG-funded doctoral student Dr. Sara DeLeon discusses how exposure to environmental pollutants can alter the performance of bird songs.

NYSG Researcher Featured in Phragmites Webinar More>
NYSG-funded reseacher Dr. Bernd Blossey from Cornell University is a guest speaker for a Webinar series lecture on Phragmites, the common reed that has invaded many wetlands throughout North America.


NOAA and Sea Grant Fund a New Coastal Storm Awareness Program More>
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program announces the award of $1.8M in grants to Sea Grant programs in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.


On YouTube, On Blog: Teachers Participate in Research on Great Lakes More>
Nearly 9,000 sets of eyes on Facebook alone saw social media posts related to the blog entries New York Sea Grant's Web Content Manager wrote while on-board the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 180-foot R/V Peter L. Wise Lake Guardian this past July for the week-long NYSG-led "Lake Ontario Shipboard and Shoreline Science Workshop." This marked the first time in five years that the R/V Guardian has been out on Lake Ontario for this week-long event and it'll be another five before it comes around again.


On YouTube, On Air: Researchers Collect Great Lakes Data in Lake Ontario More>
Researchers launched a high-tech underwater vehicle into Lake Ontario in mid-May. This research, documented in a report filed by Your News Now, will help keep the Ontario shoreline clean for swimmers and residents. "The near shore zone is the area where people recreate and fish and everything else, so that's really very important," said Dr. Gregory L. Boyer, chair of the SUNY ESF Department of Chemistry and director of Great Lakes Research Consortium.


Superstorm Sandy Media Archive Featuring NYSG-Funded Researchers and Specialists More>
A comprehensive archive of media mentions and content from NYSG-funded researchers and specialists on Fall 2012's Superstorm Sandy


Lake Erie: Warmest in Summer, Coldest in Winter More>
Dr. Michael Twiss, professor at Clarkson University, on examining Lake Erie, the Great Lake most impacted by summer hypoxia (the loss of oxygen at the bottom that affects fish and other living communities): “Lake Erie, the shallowest of the Great Lakes, is warmest in summer and coldest in winter,” he says. “These extremes make it a good environment to predict how the lakes will change with global climate change.”


Sea Grant and US EPA Begin New Long Island Sound Research More>
In spring of 2013, the Sea Grant programs of Connecticut and New York, with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Long Island Sound Study program, began funding over $708K in research that will help efforts to improve water quality and adapt to climate change.


NYSG Joins Some 600+ Attendees at Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance's Annual NYC Conference More>
As discussed on one of the panels during this day-long event, when Superstorm Sandy hit in late October 2012, Stony Brook University Oceanography professor and storm surge expert Malcolm Bowman, along with investigator Brian Colle and others from the Storm Surge Research Group, kept close tabs on the superstorm before, during and after landfall.


Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) Launching in Lake Ontario; Will Collect Five-Year Great Lakes Research Data More>
Two AUVs launched on Lake Ontario mid-May 2013 at Sodus Point, Oswego, Rochester and Oak Orchard, NY. The high-tech, remote-controlled equipment will produce intensive data for analysis of nearshore-offshore interactions, fish productivity in Lake Ontario, changes to the lower food web, and algal abundance. The research will also focus on how the thermal bar – a seasonal/spring temperature barrier – impacts nutrients in nearshore aquatic environment.


SBU Researchers Evaluate How Coastal Marine Habitats Are Classified More>
In a two-year NYSG-funded research project that wrapped up earlier this year, a Stony Brook University research team provided insights about benthic habitats, from the Hudson River to Jamaica Bay to several embayments on Long Island's North Shore as well as its Peconic Bays ecosystem.


Sea Grant Programs and US EPA Long Island Sound Study Award $708,308 for Long Island Sound Research More>
Research grants help efforts to improve water quality and adapt to climate change. The two projects involve teams of researchers in three states, making it a truly collaborative effort.


WWWhat's Trending: Scientists Go ‘Social’ with Sandy More>
Before, during and after landfall of Sandy in late October 2012, NYSG-funded Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences researchers kept close tabs on the storm.


Stony Brook University Hosts 5th Annual NYMSC Research Symposium More>
The New York Marine Sciences Consortium (NYMSC) met for its Annual Conference in order to review the research priorities for implementing ecosystem-based management in the New York Bight.


Are Birds Singing a Different Tune? More>
Investigators of a NYSG-funded project examined the birdsong of several songbirds common to New York State as an indicator of effects of exposure to sublethal levels of contaminants such as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) in the environment.


Coastal Flooding Concerns in NYC Continues Discussion on Storm Surge Barriers More>
With a 520-mile-long coast lined largely by teeming roads and fragile infrastructure, New York City is gingerly facing up to the intertwined threats posed by rising seas and ever-more-severe storm flooding. So began a mid-September 2012 New York Times feature article, "New York Is Lagging as Seas and Risks Rise, Critics Warn," which examines some of the climate change research being done in Metro NY.


LI Sound Science Abstract Submissions invited for ASLO 2013 Aquatic Sciences Meeting More>
Abstract Submissions are invited on any aspect of Long Island Sound science, policy, and outreach for the ASLO 2013 Aquatic Sciences Meeting, New Orleans, February 17-22, 2013.


Declines on Long Island Sound Lobsters Being Studied More>
In mid-July, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced that it would be undertaking a comprehensive study seeking reasons for the continued decline in the lobster population of Long Island Sound. Past studies - including those funded through Sea Grant programs in New York and Connecticut via the "Long Island Sound Lobster Initiative" -  have implicated increased temperatures, among other stressors, for the major decline in Long Island Sound lobster populations since 1999, as the Sound is near the southern end of the lobster inshore temperature range.


Brown and Red Tide in Long Island's Waters: Summer 2012 More>
For the sixth consecutive year, the brown tide is back. Algae-filled, murky water bursting has been washing up along Long Island's South Shore this summer, most recently in parts of the Moriches and Shinnecock bays. NYSG-funded researcher Dr. Chris Gobler, an investigator and professor at Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, shares his insights. Gobler also contributed to News 12 Long Island's "Blight on the Bays" special report in July, and we've got the YouTube clips and transcript (click here).


New York Sea Grant in New York City More>
New York Sea Grant launched a new resource site in Spring 2012 to document our research, extension and education efforts in and around New York City. It includes information on such recently-attended events as May's Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance (MWA) Conference and July's MWA City of Water Day.


Sound Research “Gets to the Bottom” of Hypoxia, Red Tide More>
Since Spring 2009, the Sea Grant programs of Connecticut and New York have been tracking five funded research projects that examined some of the most serious threats to the ecological health of Long Island Sound (LIS), an Estuary of National Significance. The researchers, several of them at Stony Brook University, were awarded nearly $820,000 in research grants to address the long-term problem of LIS’s low oxygen conditions (hypoxia) as well as emerging issues of red tide and the effects of climate change on the Sound’s ecosystem.


Identifying Distinct Sturgeon Population Segments More>
The Atlantic Sturgeon, the ancient-looking fish covered with bony plates rather than scales, was once abundant along the eastern seaboard and in major river systems from Labrador to Northern Florida. But human activities such as damming rivers, pollution and extensive harvesting have reduced the number and size of its populations and in February 2012, the Atlantic Sturgeon was federally listed as endangered.


Harmful Algae Have the Right Genetic Stuff More>
This feature article in  the Spring 2012 issue of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute's Oceanus magazine spotlights innovative research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study was funded by NYSG, NOAA, the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.


NOAA and Sea Grant Research Featured at Symposium on Harmful Algal Blooms in NY's Coastal Waters More>


NY Sea Grant funds Lake Ontario algal bloom research on Sodus Bay More>
(Related News: On YouTube: Keeping the algae at Bay in Sodus More>)


New York Sea Grant Extension partners with Great Lakes Research Consortium More>


Stony Brook University to receive share of $2.4 Million New York Sea Grant More>


Northeast Sea Grant's Regional Social Science Research More>


Newsday: From Mild Winter to What's Next More>
This past winter's more milder months may lead to hardships this spring and summer, including, as described by NYSG-funded researcher and Stony Brook University (SBU) professor Dr. Christopher Gobler, an increase in algal blooms in Long Island's coastal waters. Also, SBU professor Henry Bokuniewicz says with fewer winter storms to stir up wind gusts and waves, Long Island's shoreline received a much-needed reprieve.


NYSG has received nearly $2.4 Million in 2012-2013 to fund research, extension and education on important coastal issues More>


NYSG-Funded Researcher on Concern Over Risk of Storm Surges in New York City More>


College of Staten Island Researchers Work to Restore Urban Waterways More>


Sea Grant-Funded Research on Algae Growing Under Lake Erie Ice Spur Dead Zones More>


NY Sea Grant names Cornell's Jillian Cohen a 2012 Knauss Fellow More>


New $600K NOAA-funded Harmful Algal Blooms research (November 2011) More>

 

  • LI News and Radio Report on Red Tide Detection Research More>


Stony Brook University investigator offers insights into the current health of LI Sound lobsters on Fox News's October 2011 segment, "The Curious Case of the Dying Lobsters" More>


NYSG partners with the National Park Service and other organizations to revisit Jamaica Bay's restoration issues More>


September 2011 lecture on VHS, a Great Lakes-prevalent Fish Disease, at Stony Brook University More>


Making Sea Grant research accessible in new media More>
With the launch of a new feature on New York Sea Grant’s Web site, we are now happy to provide visitors the ability to search our NYSG projects portfolio.


Making Your Seafood Safer More>
In April 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the first update in 10 years of its Fish and Fishery Products Hazards and Controls guidance (FDA Hazards Guide) for seafood processors. These changes – which describe appropriate science-based “HACCP” (pronounced hassip), or Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point, controls for various types of seafood products – impact our nation’s $60 billion seafood industry, which employs some 250,000 workers.


Genome Sequence Favors Brown Tide More>
The year 2011 has been a banner one for the single-celled alga Aureococcus anophagefferens whose prolific blooms are known as “brown tide.” With concentrations in excess of 2 million cells per milliliter in some Long Island bays, this alga turned the waters brown from western Shinnecock Bay to eastern Moriches Bay, making for intense, though localized, brown tide conditions.


NOAA’S Lubchenco visits Sea Grant at Stony Brook More>
In May 2011, New York Sea Grant held a “meet and greet” event in honor of Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Undersecretary of Commerce for the air and oceans and administrator of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administrator.

New York Times Blogs on NYSG-Funded Stony Brook University Researchers Tracking Hurricane Irene More>


New York Sea Grant featured prominently in a August 2011 New York Times story/blog/video feature on Long Island Sound lobsters and "The Last of the Lobstermen"  More>


In addition to viewing news and documents on current and past NYSG-funded research projects, you can now search our database for investigations back to 1990. More>


Summer 2011 Update: As seen in Newsday, 'tis the Season for Brown Tide More>


Nearly $2.5 Million for New York Sea Grant in 2011 More>
NYSG received a grant totaling $2.449 million in fiscal year 2011 to fund its research, extension and education efforts on important coastal issues in fisheries, coastal marine habitats, coastal flooding, among others.


Heavy Metal in the Food Chain More>
A research team from the College of Staten Island led by Dr. William G. Wallace and Sea Grant Scholar Daisuke Goto examine how metals move up the trophic levels of a food chain and effect aquatic predator and prey species.


NYSG Celebrates 40 Years of Pioneering Great Lakes Research at May/June 2011 IAGLR Conference More>


"Fighting Back the Waves" in NYC: NYSG-funded researcher discusses possible ways of preventing flood disasters More>

  • SBU Researcher Talks on WNYC Radio About Sea Level Rise in NYC More>

May 2011 Research Symposium Spotlights Long Island Sound More>


As seen in Newsday, NYSG researcher studying red tide discovers a second type of harmful alage in waters off Long Island's North Shore More>


Clarkson University Grad Student Wins First Place for NYSG-Funded Great Lakes Winter Research  More>


Sea Grant Awards More than $1.28 Million for Research Under EPA’s Long Island Sound Study More>


NYSG-Funded Researcher Leads Team that Publishes on First Genome of a Harmful Algal Bloom Species More>


That Settles It: Sediment transport in the Hudson River More>


Cornell Researcher and NYSG Specialist Receive First-Ever Award More>


Winter Sampling in Long Island Sound More>


On YouTube: With talk of listing the Atlantic sturgeon as endangered, NYSG research reveals a genetically distinct sub population in the Delaware River More>


The Bottom is Tops: Looking at nitrogen in Peconic sediments More>
As part of a two-year project funded by NYSG, a research team is characterizing Great Peconic Bay and measuring remineralization and the amount of nitrogen gas produced in its bottom sediments.


Scientists and managers discuss nitrogen in NY Bight at workshop More>
In a two-day workshop held in Manhattan in July 2010, scientists and managers discussed the issues surrounding nitrogen and nitrogen controls in the New York Bight and its associated estuaries.


Researchers Identify Ways to Improve Lake Ontario Sportfishing More>
In a time when “tourist” anglers, those from out-of-state, are less likely to travel long distances to fish, researchers from two NYSG-funded studies agree that increasing the fishing activity of residents along New York’s Lake Ontario shoreline is especially important to sustaining the region’s coastal businesses.


A WWWeb of Lake Ontario Learning More>
After a week along Lake Ontario, the fifteen 4th – 10th grade teachers on this past summer’s Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence Great Lakes tour have learned a great deal, from both educators and researchers.


NOAA-funded Study on Blue-Green Algae in the Great Lakes More>


Under the Microscope with VHS More>
A NYSG-funded researcher investigates ways to prevent and contain this serious fish pathogen, which causes hemorrhaging, anemia and other signs of illness, has been identified in 28 freshwater fish species in the Great Lakes Basin.


Jellies with an Appetite for Clams More>
Researchers at Stony Brook University are examining the rates at which comb jellies (the ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi) feed on the larvae of bivalves in Long Island estuaries. Could these gelatinous predators negatively impact efforts to restore important commercial bivalve species like hard clams?


Flat Fish, a Flatter Population: How Genetic Tools Help Management More>
Current winter flounder populations in our region, from Maine to the mid-Atlantic, are now at or near all-time lows of abundance when once they were a very common bottom-dwelling fish. An NYSG-funded researcher is using two state-of-the-art genetic approaches to help efficiently manage this economically significant species.


Does winter productivity bring summer hypoxia? More>
When you think about summertime fisheries on Lake Erie, an image of frigid weather and ice does not come immediately to mind. Yet it’s wintertime microbial activity under the ice that influences the development of the summertime hypoxia which has an important impact on the lake’s fisheries.


Congressman Tim Bishop Announces $2.4 Million Grant For New York Sea Grant More >


MADL (Marine Animal Disease Laboratory) More>


NYMSC (New York Marine Sciences Consortium) More>


New Research, Education Addresses VHS in Great Lakes Fish More>
In a newly-funded two year NYSG study, Drs. Paul Bowser and James Casey are examining the transmission process of VHSV, the virus that causes Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia, a fish disease that has been found in a wide diversity of species in the Great Lakes Basin. The goal is so that better bio-safety protocols and decontamination methods can be developed.

Harmful Algal Blooms Plague Long Island Waters More>
Find out the difference among the recent Harmful algal blooms (HABs) in New York waters. HABs, which have increased in frequency, duration, and distribution in recent decades, are a worldwide phenomenon posing a significant threat to fisheries, public health, and economies.

  • Innovative Red and Brown Tide research seeks to better understand and manage their blooms More >

Lake Ontario trends outlook may prompt action to offset decline More >


Former Sea Grant Scholar follows the fish and finds himself at NOAA More > 


New Sea Grant research, education partnerships address concerns over VHS, a Great Lakes fish disease More >


Newsday reporter joins researchers on a Long Island Sound Research cruise More >


A Delicate Balance More >
To address the complex relationships and help restore balance in our state's diverse aquatic and marine ecosystems, NYSG is funding 14 new research projects that will span the state.


These Scholars Follow the Fish More >
Since 1971, New York Sea Grant has supported nearly 600 Scholars at a total cost of over $9 million. "It began my career in Great Lakes resources," says NYSG Great Lakes Fisheries Specialist Dave MacNeill of his Sea Grant Scholar days. "It made me realize this is what want to do."


Sound Science for Long Island Sound More >
The Sea Grant programs of Connecticut and New York have awarded nearly $820,000 in Long Island Sound Study research grants to five projects that will look into some of the most serious threats to the ecological health of Long Island Sound, a water body designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an Estuary of National Significance


Tracing Sound Inputs via Groundwater More >
It’s well understood that too much nitrogen in the water is not healthy for aquatic life in Long Island Sound. But until now its been hard to estimate how much nitrogen has actually been coming from submarine groundwater discharge, particularly along the sandy sediments off LI's north shore.


Seeking Ways to Stimulate Sportfishing More >
The decline in the number of anglers in New York's Lake Ontario region over the last decade-¬and-a-half has raised concerns. With the region's economy based to a large extent on sportfishing, NYSG-funded investigators are exploring some marketing and management strategies that could help sustain the economies of coastal communities along Lake Ontario.


New Report Synthesizes Hard Clam Research More >
NYSG's recently-released 43-page technical report summarizes the key results of five research projects funded through NYSG's Hard Clam Research Initiative, which began in 1999.


Fall 2008 Lecture Series at Stony Brook Southampton closed with a Dec 5th talk on Storm Surges in New York's Coastal Waters More >


Researchers find ways to improve storm surge forecasts for metro NY More >


Breaking the Waves: Breakwater research More > 


Brown tides are part of growing world-wide incidences of harmful algal blooms, which are caused by an abundance of single-celled marine plants called phytoplankton.

Researchers of the self-assembled Aureococcus Genome Consortium (AGC) are now saying it may be something in the genetic makeup of one species of phytoplankton, the microscopic alga Aureococcus anophagefferens, that triggers the brown tide blooms that sporadically darken the waters of some of bays. Investigators believe that the organism’s genetic makeup or genome holds the key.

In the past, brown tides have caused declines in bay scallop and other shellfish populations as well as the decrease of eelgrass beds that serve as shellfish nurseries. More > 


NYSG-funded researchers from the Marine Animal Disease Laboratory at Stony Brook University discuss their extensive QPX monitoring program in Raritan Bay, Peconic Bay and other areas of the marine district to determine the extent and distribution of QPX disease. More > 


In an NYSG-funded research project, investigators equipped a commercial ferry with a variety of sensors to monitor and collect data about the LI Sound as it makes its daily transects. In real-time, the data is transmitted for use through the Sound Science Web site. More >

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