New York Coastlines, Early Winter 2018
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NY CoastlinesNew York Sea Grant (NYSG)'s flagship publication—and its news archive, Currents, highlight news, events and other activities from our coastal program's various research, extension and education endeavors throughout New York's marine and Great Lakes waters.

Early Winter 2018
NY Coastlines / Currents; Vol. 46, No. 5 / Vol. 6, No. 3

Spotlight: Upcoming Fellowship Opportunities

Through partnerships with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, Sea Grant's federal parent organization), New York Sea Grant (NYSG) supports a variety of graduate fellowships. Submit applications at for:

2019 NOAA Coastal Management
Deadline: Friday, January 18, 2019 at 5 pm
This two-year program matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on projects.

2019 NMFS Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Deadline: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 5 pm
This graduate program awards at least three new PhD Fellowships in 2019 to students interested in careers related to marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources.

2019 NMFS Marine Resource Economics
Deadline: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 5 pm
This graduate program awards two new PhD Fellowships each year to students interested in careers related to the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources.

2020 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy
Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2019 at 5 pm
Now in its 40th year, this fellowship is for students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

For testimonials and more, download NYSG's fellowship one-pager (pdf)

Letter from the Interim Director

Surprises, uncertainty and reflection! This time of year, we take time to recall the exciting projects, new partnerships and impactful research we supported. We also look forward to the New Year and wonder what it will bring.

Here at New York Sea Grant, there is much to celebrate: helping business thrive (See "New Economic Report Identifies Keys to Long Island Growth in Tourism, Fishing"), assisting communities in identifying where they can increase resilience (See "Innovative Flood Resilience Workshop on Lake Ontario"), and funding research to better understand clam stressors (See "Stopping the Disease that has Wracked the New York Hard Clam Fishery"). 

Similarly, we have much to anticipate in the New Year. Excitement is in the air as we search for our new Director, launch a new research call for proposals and plan for our National Site Review. New paths and directions await!

We look forward to working with you in the New Year!

Kathy Bunting-Howarth

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

January 17 - February 7: "Slowing Aquatic Invasive Spread in 2019"
Developed by NYSG, this Webinar series will feature a variety of coastal science and AIS specialists.
More Info >>>
Registration >>>
Web site >>>

February 16: Young Boater Safety Certification at 2019 CNY Boat Show
(NYS Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd / Syracuse, NY 13209)
Taught by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 21 personnel, the class is for ages 10 to 17 and includes the 8-hour training program and a same-day proctored exam.
More Info >>>
Registration >>> 315-312-3042
Web Site >>>

February 25: NY Seafood Summit 2019
(Project Farmhouse, 76 East 13th Street / New York, NY 10003)
The goal is to convene a group of enthusiastic professionals with vested interest in seafood in order to build active communications between the various sectors of the NY Seafood Industry.
More Info >>>
Registration >>>
2018 Summit Summary >>>
Web Site >>>

March 15: Long Island Sound Research Conference
(Danfords Hotel, Marina and Spa, 25 E. Boradway / Port Jefferson, NY 11777)
Highlighted at this biennial conference is the diverse research occurring in the LIS and its watershed. 
More Info & Web site >>>
Registration >>> (by March 1)
Submit an Abstract >>> (by January 25)

What's Trending: Innovative Flood Resilience Workshop on Lake Ontario

The record-high water event in 2017 hit the Village of Sodus Point, 40 miles east of Rochester, NY, hard. But with help from Sea Grant and others, the Village has taken steps toward improving resiliency. Read on >>>

What's Trending: New Economic Report Identifies Keys to Long Island Growth in Tourism, Fishing

A new economic calculator estimates potential gains and losses from investment in Long Island's coastal communities. The tool was created through a NYSG-funded project by Farmingdale State College's Richard Vogel. Read on >>>

Also, see "Investment Would Boost LI fishing Industry's Tourist Appeal, Experts Say," with coverage from Newsday, a daily newspaper that primarily serves Nassau and Suffolk counties and the New York City borough of Queens on Long Island. Read on >>>

What's Trending: Stopping the Disease that has Wracked the New York Hard Clam Fishery

In the last 16 years, a mysterious disease has devastated the New York hard clam fishery. Scientists call it QPX disease, which stands for “quahog parasite unknown,” referring to the organism that causes the disease. Read on >>>


Coastal Storm Warnings and Your Tipping Point

How do you evacuate from a hurricane? Investigators of a study  funded through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Sea Grant’s Coastal Storm Awareness Program examine why residents in danger do not always evacuate before storms. Read on >>>

On Long Island, Post-Superstorm Sandy, an Upside

NYSG-funded research Charlie Flagg discovered an unexpected side effect of  October 2012's Sandy: a breach opened in Long Island's Fire Island region after the superstorm increased circulation and flushing, which has led to better water quality, and reduced incidence of harmful algal blooms. Read on >>>


Over $182K to Increase Confidence and Demand for U.S. Farm-Raised Seafood

Sea Grant's New York program will lead the development of a flash card series to provide foodservice providers with information about the origins and sustainability of targeted species. Read on >>>

Also: In Media - NYSG Receives Funding to Increase Confidence and Demand for U.S. Farm-Raised Seafood

The intent is to develop a communications strategy to effectively and cost-efficiently reach the U.S. foodservice industry with a consistent message about U.S. farm-raised seafood and reduce user conflicts by providing science-based information about the U.S. environmental and food safety regulatory framework. Read on >>>

More NYSG #Extension news ...

Sharing Hurricane Information with Long Islanders

Speaking to an audience seated below the historic flood level, NYSG's Kathleen Fallon shared information about forecasting, communications, and preparedness at the Hurricane Forum at the end of September. Read on >>>

A Forecasting Fulcrum: Insights From NOAA's National weather Service on the 1938 Hurricane

On October 3, 2018, Hofstra commemorated the 80th anniversary with a symposium, "Long Island Hurricanes on the 80th Anniversary of the 1938 Storm: Past, Present, and Future," at which Sea Grant tabled and provided its funded research on past hurricanes, and shared resources for hurricane preparedness. Dr. Louis W. Uccellini, NOAA's Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and NWS' Director, gave the keynote address. Read on >>>

Also: In Media - 80 years later, vivid memories of historic Long Island Express hurricane Read on >>>

Destructive 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Draws to an End

According to NOAA, the season will be remembered most for hurricanes Florence and Michael, which caused significant damage in the southeastern U.S. In total, the season produced 15 named storms, including eight hurricanes of which two were “major” (Category 3, 4 or 5).

“This season packed a strong punch, but its impacts could have been far worse had it not been for the services NOAA provided alongside our emergency management partners and the preparedness activities taken by individuals,” said Neil Jacobs, Ph.D., NOAA assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction. Read on >>>


NYSG Attends NYC Climate Action Summit

The Local Climate Action Summit, held this past fall in Manhattan during Climate Week NYC, focused on the challenges and opportunities facing local communities in the Northeastern U.S. because of climate change.

The initiatives of the summit dovetail with NYSG’s many climate change extension projects, outreach and education efforts designed to mitigate effects and inform coastal communities along New York’s Atlantic Ocean and Great Lakes coastlines. Read on >>>

More NYSG #Education news ...

In Photos: NYSG and the Long Island Sound Study prepare teachers to Be in KNOW

The Long Island Sound Mentor Teacher program, now in its eighth year, provides teachers the opportunity to educate their peers and share successful classroom teaching strategies on issues that affect the health of Long Island Sound. Read on >>>

Introducing “Climate to Go” Bags at STEM Forum

At the three-day “Climate To-Go” workshop, 20 teachers from K-12 public schools across New York City were introduced to climate change issues, extreme weather preparedness, and teaching methods for sharing climate science with their students. Read on >>>

In Photos: NYSG, LISS Celebrate Inaugural LI Estuary Day

This year marked the 30th anniversary of National Estuary Week, established by the Environmental Protection Agency and celebrated by estuarial organizations all over the country. Locally, the festivities began with a coastal cleanup, where participants helped pick up trash. In total, Estuary Day celebrants picked up 137 pounds of garbage during the morning beach cleanup. Read on >>>

Early Winter 2018
NYSG's Currents News Archives (Vol. 6, No. 3)

Keep tabs on NYSG's news in between issues of NY Coastlines / Currents via our Web site ( and blog (

Here's a sampling of other stories that have made waves this past year in on our social media platforms and via our site's News ( and topic-based News Archives ( sections ...

On Air: NYSG's Great Lakes Educator Receives Award, Standing Ovation at National Conference (November 2018) Read on >>>

Helping New York City Communities Address the Impacts of Climate Change (November 2018) Read on >>>

On YouTube: Great Lakes Research Grants Available (November 2018) Read on >>>

Both NYSG's 2019 Awardees Named as Knauss Executive Fellows (Updated October 2018) Read on >>>

NYSG Hosts Green Infrastructure Retrofit Training Workshop (October 2018) Read on >>>

Sea Grant and NYSDEC Announce $100,000 Grants Available for Marine and Coastal Projects (October 2018) Read on >>>

On YouTube: Winter Season Water and Boat Safety (November 2018) Read on >>>

Also, see NOAA National Weather Service's "Winter Safety" Resources

Great Lakes Sea Grant Programs Partner on Resources to Handle Oil and Fuel Spills (August 2018) Read on >>>

Help Protect NY's Waterways: Participate in Drug Take Back Day (October 2018) Read on >>>

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