New York Coastlines, Late Winter 2019
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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.

Late Winter 2019
NY Coastlines / Currents; Vol. 47, No. 1 / Vol. 7, No. 1

Spotlight: How Sea Grant Benefits You in 2019

For nearly 50 years, New York Sea Grant (NYSG) has worked with coastal residents, communities, businesses and teachers, among others, on problems, opportunities and specific activities within the land and water interface.

Together NYSG promotes cost-effective and common sense solutions to concerns New Yorkers face along the State's marine, Great Lakes and Hudson River coasts.

Thousands of New Yorkers have benefited from Sea Grant programming in such areas as fisheries, aquatic invasive species, coastal tourism and coastal community resilience.

In this issue of New York Coastlines, we highlight some of the program's most recently-funded coastal research.

Also, we examine nearly two dozen impacts that our program's specialists made this past year to use science in order to improve decisions made by local communities, businesses and individuals as they develop resilience action and promote sustainable resolutions to pressing coastal issues.

For more, see the #Research, #Extension and #Education sections below.

If after perusing our most recent wave of accomplishments you're thinking " What Can I Do To Support New York Sea Grant?" we offer a suggestion:

One quick and easy way is to contact your local Congressperson and Senator and convey your support of Sea Grant.

To find your Congressional representatives, visit

We encourage that if you do reach out to your elected officials in support of Sea Grant that you do so by March 15th.

And for more on " How Sea Grant Benefits You," including what the Sea Grant program has accomplished nationwide in the past year, see our related news item. Read on >>

What's Trending: Public Comments Sought for New York Sea Grant Review

This spring, NYSG will be reviewed by a team convened by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Sea Grant College Program.

This review will be conducted April 30—May 2, 2019 at Cornell University and will consider all aspects of NYSG's programs.

You are invited to participate in the review via email by April 22, 2019. Read on >>


NYSG Research Zooms In On Water Quality, Severe Storms, Seafood Safety

In 2018-19, NYSG supported more than $1.1 million in university-based research related to a variety of marine, Hudson estuary, and Great Lakes topics and issues, including coastal flood risk, harmful algal blooms, sea grass restoration, invasive species and seafood safety.

Results and resources from these investigations provide useful information to the public, businesses, coastal communities and managers.

NYSG research also sets benchmarks within the scientific community, advancing the state of knowledge in many fields. Read on >>

Over $1.5 Million Funds Four Long Island Sound Research Projects

The projects — supported via a partnership between the Sea Grant programs of New York and Connecticut and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Long Island Sound Study — address topics affecting the ecological health of the Sound.

These key concerns include: hypoxia (lack of oxygen in the water column), biological parameters for water quality management and the scope and impact of landscaping practices.

This funding represents a historic investment in Long Island Sound ecological research, as it is the largest amount of funding provided for research projects through this partnership. Read on >>

Also, see " Crucial LI Sound Research Receives Funding."


NYSG Posts Impact Statements for Great Lakes and Marine District Projects

NYSG offers a sampling of results and impacts from recently completed extension and education initiatives. Read on >>

The new profiles, which are posted individually below, provide a summary of how NYSG addressed a variety of marine and Great Lakes concerns and opportunities in 2018, including the partners involved and any additional funding sources ...

Related NYSG #Extension Impacts ...

Flood Resilience & Recovery Read on >>
NYSG-facilitated educational programming is advancing local government's ability to address hazard resiliency

Flood Resilience & Recovery Read on >>
Post-flood recovery planning from NYSG provides communities like Sodus Point, NY the opportunity to improve resilience to future flooding

New York Shorelines Read on >>
NYSG and partners are developing a framework to monitor and assess the function of natural and nature-based shorelines structures

Coastal Communities Read on >>
An online "impact calculator" created with NYSG funds is enhancing the capability of Long Island's community leaders to answer basic questions about economic impacts from various sectors

Harmful Algal Blooms Read on >>
NYSG is assisting Suffolk County's strategic planning related to HABs, tiny aquatic plants that produce toxins or grow excessively, harming humans, other animals and the environment

Seafood Awareness Read on >>
A Sea Grant-led public education program  at Long Island Welcome Center's "Taste New York Market Place" builds support for increasing consumer seafood awareness and demand

Seafood Safety Read on >>
Seafood safety training, offered in English and Spanish via NYSG, helps ensure the health and safety of seafood consumers in NYS, nationwide, globally

Hurricane Awareness Read on >>
Since we never know when the next "big one" will hit, NYSG is partnering with experts to remind Long Islanders that they must always be prepared for hurricanes and coastal storms

Climate Literacy Read on >>
Assisting local communities vulnerable to climate change impacts is key, which is why NYSG supports efforts that will help generate curriculum for a program to engage and train "Climate Steward" volunteers

Lake Erie Fisheries Read on >>
Barotrauma — tissue damage that fish can suffer when they're retrieved from deep water by anglers — is negatively impacting Lake Erie's valuable Yellow Perch fishery ... and NYSG is helping to reduce the issue's severity

Lake Ontario Fisheries Read on >>
Critical Cisco research and monitoring is being facilitated by NYSG to ultimately add diversity to fisheries-based economies. This species once supported important commercial fisheries in NYS and represented a primary prey fish in Lake Ontario

Marine Debris Read on >>
Through both removal and outreach efforts, NYSG is addressing the issue of harmful marine debris, specifically balloon pollution, which is often the result of intentional releases by people who do not connect their actions of littering to the debris problem

Great Lakes Small Grants: Overview Read on >>
Since 2015, NYSG has partnered with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to create this stakeholder-driven program

Great Lakes Small Grants: 2018 Read on >>
Nearly $200,000 was awarded to projects in 2018 to help restore and revitalize the state's Great Lakes region

Residential Shoreline Erosion Read on >>
Educational outreach offered by NYSG is equipping Great Lakes property owners with critical information on sustainable shoreline protection practices

Erosion Resiliency Planning Read on >>
Shoreline communities such as Oswego County's North Sandy Pond are empowered to address erosion management thanks to NYSG's outreach efforts


Related NYSG #Education Impacts ...

Fish to Dish Internships Read on >>
A summer 2018 internship and education program led by NYSG is beginning to develop the skilled workforce needed to continue the growth and success of New York's resilient aquaculture and seafood businesses

Marine Camp Read on >>
A NYSG partnership on Long Island is rebuilding a camp program to educate Nassau County youths about marine resources and ecology

Educating NY Stakeholders Read on >>
Increasing coastal and ocean literacy is a prime focus of NYSG science and research-based education being extended to adults, teachers and youth

Shipboard Science Read on >>
Pairing teachers with scientists aboard the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's R/V Lake Guardian has helped NYSG to create dynamic Great Lakes educational opportunities that prompt environmental stewardship

Estuary Day Read on >>
A first-collaborative Estuary Day event in NY's marine waters by the Long Island Sound Study, Peconic Estuary Program, and South Shore Estuary Reserve helped bring awareness of estuarine benefits to local community members

Sound Stewards Read on >>
The Long Island Sound Stewards program, which NYSG oversees, engages K-12 and college students in citizen science research projects

Climate to Go in NYC Read on >>
Expertise from NYSG specialists is helping New York City teachers, schools and communities proactively address climate change and resiliency

Late Winter 2019
NYSG's Currents News Archives (Vol. 7, No. 1)

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 these past few months on our social media platforms (, and via our site's News ( and topic-based News Archives ( sections ...

Historic Building is Hub for Cornell in NYC (January 2019) Read on >>
Sea Grant is one of a handful of Cornell colleges, units and programs now with operations in one of the city's landmark skyscrapers.
Great Lakes' Environmental, Economic, Educational Value Noted in NY Sea Grant Impact Series (March 2019) Read on >>
Sea Grant's Taste of NY Intern Takes on Seafood Month (March 2019) Read on >>
On Air, On YouTube: Sea Grant Spotlights Boater Safety at 2019's Central NY Boat Show (February 2019) Read on >>
Also, see "New Look, New Location for Boating Information Center at CNY Boat Show" (February 2019) Read on >>
NYSG to invest over $1.5 million for research proposals (January 2019) Read on >>
On Air: NYSG's Jamaica Bay Specialist Discusses the Value of Coastal Resiliency (January 2019) Read on >>
On Air: NY Sea Grant Hosts Invasive Aquatic Species Webinar Series (January 2019) Read on >>
Summit addresses climate change response for New York communities (December 2018) Read on >>

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