"Staying Connected" Click here for information that businesses, educators, landowners
and other New York Sea Grant stakeholders can use during these times.

Staying Connected: NYSG's Virtual Resources

Welcome to "Staying Connected" - New York Sea Grant (NYSG)'s web portal to online resources for a variety of our stakeholders, including educators and the seafood industry. We also feature links from some of our partners and have also included information on water levels and waterfront issues, as some Lake Ontario property/business owners are concerned about the potential for high water in 2020. Also below you'll find other Great Lakes and Ocean resources as well as current funding opportunities.

Make sure you stay connected with NYSG via social media (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube), our e-newsletter NY Coastlines and here on our website to keep informed about the latest updates and information. 

You, of course, can also still reach out directly to any NYSG staff that you have come to know and work with over the years: www.nyseagrant.org/nysgstaff.

All NYSG staff resource websites can be found at www.nyseagrant.org/resourcesites.

SEAFOOD back to top

Credit: Michael Ciaramella/NYSG.

NYSG Seafood Safety & Technology Specialist Michael Ciaramella
NY Sea Grant’s online Segment One Seafood HACCP Training is still being administered daily 
(Monday – Friday) Opportunities to provide segment two training through virtual learning platforms are being explored and may become available in the near future.

Aquaculture and Culinary professionals, check out NYSG’s free Seafood Marketing Resources to better market your products to buyers and consumers.

Our Seafood Publications page houses many resources on seafood safety, nutrition, and sustainability. you can also find seafood and aquaculture curricula with engaging activities for you and your kids.

NY Sea Grant has been compiling relevant COVID-19 Seafood Industry Resources. New resources will be added as they become available, be sure to check back frequently.

Credit: Seafood Nutrition Partnership.

Eat Seafood, America

Support local businesses through these unprecedented times.

Purchase seafood online or from your retailer to cook at home, or order from your favorite local restaurants for delivery or pick-up.

Many fishermen and distributors have shifted to online deliveries to help get healthy seafood to Americans. Help support these local businesses.

Learn more: www.seafoodnutrition.org/eat-seafood-america and join the Seafood Nutrition Partnership!

And visit www.localfish.org/delivery-pickup to find out which markets are open for pick-up or are delivering directly to you.


Rock rip-rap revetment, Irondequoit Bay (Monroe County, NY). Credit: Roy Widrig, New York Sea Grant.

As the media continue to balance COVID-19 reporting with local, regional and state issues, NYSG offers a Great Lakes resource list for stories on NY Great Lakes region issues, e.g, International Joint Commission forecasting, which has some waterfront property/business owners concerned about the potential for high water in 2020. 

Water Level, Community Preparedness, Watercraft Inspection
NYSG's Coastal Community Specialist Mary Austerman

Author of New York’s Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Index: A Community Self-Assessment; working with waterfront communities to help them understand how prepared they are for coastal-flooding and weather disasters.

An interactive story map showcases data collected during surveys related to 2017 Lake Ontario Water Level Impacts is now available. See where the water came from, county breakdowns on impacts from inundation and erosion as well as learn what respondents experienced in other areas of their lives and see links to other helpful Lake Ontario water level resources.

Offers interactive mapping tools to help property owners and communities along Lake Ontario and its embayments enhance flooding preparedness by allowing them to visualize inundation information for individual parcels of interest using predetermined water levels.

Extension liaison to NYSG-funded flood-risk modeling project in development by Cornell University to show parcel-level impacts of high water events, identify areas most vulnerable to future events, and verify existing flood-risk modeling. Project enters pilot testing in 2020. See 2017 flood survey story maps.

Collaborator on 2017 High Water Level Survey Results, Resources

Shoreline Erosion Resources
NYSG's Coastal Processes and Hazards Specialist Roy Widrig

Author of Erosion Management for New York’s Great Lakes Shorelines guide (2019) to help property owners/managers address sustainable and innovative options, including nature-based, for erosion mitigation and control.

Manages New York Great Lakes Shoreline Contractors list (pdf, NYSG website) identifying services provided, engineering capabilities, and service range of contractors doing shoreline work in New York State.

Waterfront property owners in need of erosion management expertise can now request a no-cost virtual site visit by Widrig.

Boating: On-Water Safety
NYSG's Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White 

High water safety issues: Floating docks, debris and hazards; life jacket requirement; equipment to have onboard

Marine industry perspective; works with U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Boating Industries Association of Upstate NY, marinas ...

Aquatic invasive species management by boaters
(NYSG's Mary Austerman is author of 
New York State Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Handbook.)

In mid-April, NYSG partnered with others to provide "Boating in NY in 2020: Top 10 Safety Reminders, New Resources"

In early May, White launched "Tips for Boating and Marine Trades Business Management During COVID-19"

Also in early May, Kathleen Fallon, NYSG's Coastal Processes and Facilities Specialist, distributed "Boating on Long Island in 2020: Top Safety Reminders and New COVID-19 Resources," a marine water-focused version of the NY Great Lakes press release

Great Lakes Clean and Safe Boating "News" archived at www.nyseagrant.org/marina

FOR EDUCATORS back to top

Credit: Brittney Rogers, Helen Domske / NYSG.

Educational Resources, Funding Opportunities for Teachers | Click Here
NYSG's Coastal Literacy Specialist Monica L. Miles
New funding opportunities listed on " New York's Great Lakes," www.nyseagrant.org/nygreatlakes, and the " Great Lakes Ecosystem Education Exchange," www.nyseagrant.org/gleee.

In addition to these two Web site partnerships between NYSG and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the pair also offer Great Lakes Basin Bins for educators.

Credit: Long Island Sound Study.

Long Island Sound Study: Educational Resources | Click Here
NYSG's Outreach Coordinator for Long Island Sound Study Jimena Perez-Viscasillas
The Long Island Sound Study’s website offers listings of educational resources that can make learning from home a little easier. Resources include an underwater virtual tour of the Sound, information on its local fauna and flora, and links to useful resources from other local organizations.

The website also includes fact sheets, maps and posters, a By the Numbers section, conservation glossaries, tips for “What You Can Do” to protect the Sound from home.  Long Island Sound Study encourages educators to use these resources in their classrooms or during their programs in order to help us educate the 8.9 million residents of our watershed.

Long Island Regional Planning Council - Request for Proposals Click Here
Deadline Extended: 4 pm on June 1, 2020
Provide direct assistance, coordination, and administration for the Long Island Quality of Water Integrated Data System project. 

2020 Long Island Sound Study Mentor Teacher Program Click Here 
Deadline:  April 28, 2020 (to be extended - more information coming soon)
Educators from all across the Long Island Sound watershed in New York, including Queens, are welcome to apply.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's R/V Lake Guardian docked in Buffalo, July 2018. Credit: TJ Pignataro / Buffalo News.

NYSG's  Great Lakes Fisheries and Ecosystem Health Specialist Jesse Lepak
A variety of videos, fact sheets, and other information can be found about the Great Lakes via EPA
. This site provides information about the International research effort called the Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative (CSMI) in the Great Lakes. Learn more about your favorite Great Lakes and what scientists are doing to better understand them.

For those that are more data-driven, check out the information and data collected from the Great Lakes via Illinois Indiana Sea Grant's "Great Lakes Monitoring" site.  A variety of different data are presented and available for viewing and for making comparison across the Great Lakes and through time.


Credit: PixaBay (public domain); Logo (inset) by Loriann Cody for NY Ocean.

New York Ocean social media
NYSG's Ocean & Marine Outreach Coordinator Krista Stegemann
New York Ocean’s social media accounts deliver ocean-related information, resources, and announcements.

During this time, these accounts are also highlighting some of the many ocean-related lessons, activities, and resources that are available from a variety of sources to those New York teachers, students, and their parents that are stuck at home.

New York Ocean can be found on Twitter and Facebook.


Credit: Ryan Delaney / WRVO.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Research for Coastal Science | Click Here
Some COVID-19 research resources that might be appropriate for or of interest to coastal science researchers.

2021-2023 Long Island Sound Research Click Here 
Deadline: 5 pm EDT on Monday, June 8, 2020
Preliminary proposals are invited for Long Island Sound Study research projects.

Long Island Sound Futures Fund | Click Here
Deadline: 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday June 2nd, 2020
Seeking full proposals to protect and restore the health and living resources of Long Island Sound watershed (CT, MA NH, NY, VT).


NOAA Live! Webinar Series | Click Here
NOAA's Regional Collaboration Network is partnering with Woods Hole Sea Grant and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on a NOAA Live! webinar series targeting grades 2-8 during school closures as a result of COVID-19. The 45 minute webinars are currently being offered from March 23-May 1 M/W/F at 11 am EST and feature a different NOAA expert/topic and a moderated Q&A. Current offerings are listed, as well as the archived, recorded webinars after they take place.    

National Sea Grant Law Center: Analysis of the CARES Act | Click Here
The National Sea Grant Law Center, in partnership with the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program, created this clearinghouse of reliable information on CARES Act programs and other issues associated with COVID-19 for the fishing, aquaculture, and seafood industries.

National Sea Grant: Sea Grant Educational Resources | Click Here 
A collection of sites dedicated to providing educational resources for teachers, parents and students. Links include at-home learning ideas and activities.

National Sea Grant: Seafood Information and Resources | Click Here
An online collection of pertinent and timely information and resources to the US seafood industry - both wild harvest and aquaculture.  

Sea Grant Educators: Education@Home Resources  | Click Here
A network-wide Google spreadsheet filled with at-home resources.

Michigan Sea Grant: H.O.M.E.S. AT HOME Webinar Series | Click Here 

Sea Grant Bridge: Ocean Science Education | Click Here

Peconic Estuary Partnership: Resources for Educators | Click Here
The PEP has created a number of fun activities and educational worksheets that you can enjoy on your own or share with your children or students.

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, SUNY 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 Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

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