In Media: NY's Annual Seafood Summit (Virtually) Spotlights COVID-19 Pandemic Challenges
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Credit: Illustrations by Michael Ciaramella

NY Sea Grant, with industry, academic, other professional stakeholders, builds active communications between State's various seafood sectors

Published by, Three Villages

Stony Brook, NY, February 17, 2021 - Have you registered yet for next week’s all-virtual New York Seafood Summit? If not, you can do so at, where information is offered in both English and Spanish.

Each year, New York Sea Grant and its partners try to highlight some of the State's bountiful seafood supply and introduce participants to the delicious, diverse, and versatile seafood available locally.

Beginning this Monday (February 22nd), hour long sessions will take place through Thursday, February 25th. On Friday, February 26th, a two hour session will feature a industry panel discussion and lightning talks, the latter of which offer presenters a chance to share projects, initiatives, or opportunities that they are working on or towards with those attending the event.

Friday's panelists will discuss the challenges of the 2020 pandemic, how it affected different sectors and how different sectors did or could adapt to the significant economic changes and be more resilient in the future.

Details on the summit were most recently featured in NYSG’s Winter 2021 newsletter, NY Coastlines, for which e-subscriptions can be made at

Also included was "Is Seafood the Way to Thrive Post-COVID-19?," an article featuring Michael Ciaramella, NYSG's Seafood Specialist, and Linda O'Dierno of the National Aquaculture Association, both of whom offer an appealing idea for students who want to thrive post-COVID-19: It's all about sustainable, local seafood.

Other highlights from the e-newsletter:

(a) NYSG's Biennial Research Call for 2022-2023, the pre-proposal deadline for which is 4:30 PM on Thursday, February 25, 2021. Approximately $120,000 per year per project will be provided to support, in total, about 6-7 projects (each anticipated to begin February 1, 2022);

(b) Launch of "Community Science Long Island," a new monthly educational webinar series for 2021 being hosted by Seatuck Environmental Association, Long Island Sound Study, and NYSG with support from the New York State Department of State's South Shore Estuary Reserve and Peconic Estuary Partnership;

(c) U.S. Congress' reauthorization of Sea Grant, a nationally-networked program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, through 2025. The Act, signed into law this past December, serves as a guiding framework upon which Sea Grant operates and serves America's coastal and Great Lakes communities.

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY), is one of 34 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

Since 1971, NYSG has represented a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness and understanding about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources.

Through NYSG’s efforts, the combined talents of university scientists and extension specialists help develop and transfer science-based information to many coastal user groups—businesses and industries, federal, state and local government decision-makers and agency managers, educators, the media and the interested public.

The program maintains Great Lakes offices at Cornell University, University at Buffalo, SUNY Oswego and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension in NYC and Elmsford and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

For updates on Sea Grant activities: has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube links. NYSG offers a free e-list sign up via for its flagship publication, NY Coastlines/Currents, which is published quarterly. Our program also produces an occasional e-newsletter, "NOAA Sea Grant's Social Media Review," via its blog,

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