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Announcements & News from August 2012




- Funding Opportunity: Climate Program Office Programs for FY 2013 (NOAA)

NOAA's Climate Program Office is accepting funding applications for climate research in three of their four major programs: Earth System Science (ESS); Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP); and Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI). Climate Observations and Monitoring is currently not soliciting proposals. It is anticipated that most awards will be funded between $50,000 and $200,000 per year, with some exceptions for larger awards. The seven competitions covered by this announcement are:

  • ESS – Understanding and Improving Prediction of Tropical Convection using Results from the DYNAMO (Dynamics of the Madden-Julian Oscillation) Field Campaign
  • ESS – Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) Mechanisms and Decadal Predictability
  • ESS – Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle, and Climate
  • MAPP – Research to Advance Climate Reanalysis
  • MAPP – Research to Advance Climate and Earth System Models
  • CSI – Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP)
  • CSI – Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA)

A Letter of Intent is required by: August 29, 2012. Proposal Deadline: November 6, 2012. Agency Code: NOAA-OAR-CPO-2013-2003445. Link: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=190933. Text of Full Announcement.



- Request for Comment: Proposed Amendments on Saltwater Fishing Regulations (GA DNR CRD)

The Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) welcomes written comments on proposed amendments to the Rules of Georgia Department of  Natural Resources/Coastal Resources Division, Chapter 391-2-4, Saltwater Fishing Regulations. http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/uploads/crd/pdf/Public%20Notices/PNHB869Imp.pdf

House Bill 869 amended Georgia law to allow the DNR greater flexibility to manage saltwater fishing in a timely manner similar to the way that freshwater fishing and hunting are currently managed. The proposed amendments will establish the legal basis for the DNR Board to manage some aspects of saltwater fishing as mandated by the Georgia General Assembly. Approval of the proposed amendments will allow DNR to manage saltwater finfish, recreational shrimping (food and bait) and commercial bait shrimping through regulation. The proposed amendments will not change any current recreational saltwater fishing regulations and only one commercial saltwater fishing regulation. This change is an increase in the quantity of live bait shrimp that may be transported via vehicle between commercial bait shrimp dealers from 50 quarts to 200 quarts.

Written public comments should be legible, concise and limited to the proposed rule change. To ensure their consideration, written comments must be received by close of business on Friday, August 31, 2012.  Please address written or email comments to:
Doug Haymans, Coastal Resources Division, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA  31520; doug.haymans@gadnr.org. Following the comment period, The Board of Natural Resources will consider the proposed rule on September 26, 2012 at 9:00 AM at its Board Room located at 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SE, Suite 1252, Atlanta, Georgia.



- Request for Comment: Aquaculture Research and Development Strategic Plan (NOAA, USDA)

On July 23rd, NOAA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that a draft National Aquaculture Research and Development Strategic Plan for the United States is available for public review and comment. The plan will provide a framework for federal agencies to develop programs for research and development that affect the production of aquatic organisms such as finfish, crustaceans, mollusks, and algae. Public comment on plan priorities, vision, and goals will be accepted until August 27th. To learn more and submit comments please visit here.



- Upcoming Meeting : Southeastern Estuarine Research Society (fall meeting)

The Southeastern Estuarine Research Society (SEERS) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the informal exchange of interdisciplinary information related to estuaries of the southeastern United States. SEERS promotes discussion of estuarine research, science, and management; promotes discussion of current research projects and management issues; and encourages participation of student colleagues. The next SEERS meeting will be October 19-21, 2012 (Fri-Sun) at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville. All events – workshop, posters, talks, lunch, and banquet -- will be at the Biological Sciences building at UNF. Online Registration and Abstract submission will soon be open (Stay Posted for link to the NEW SEERS website*).  Early registration & abstract submission ends Thurs 27 September at 4 pm.   * including student travel award application & group hotel info

Schedule: Fri 19 Oct

  • Free afternoon stats workshop for students and interested members
  • Afternoon Registration
  • Evening poster session with snacks and beverages

Sat 20 Oct

  • Oral Presentation Sessions all day
  • Lunch at poster display
  • SEERS Business meeting (all members encouraged to attend)
  • Evening Banquet.

Sun 21 Oct

  • Morning Oral Presentation Session


- Conference: Georgia Water Resources Conference (request for abstracts)

Planning for the next biennial Georgia Water Resources Conference is underway. The meeting will be held in Athens on April 10 and 11, 2013. The Organizing Committee* encourages everyone to submit an abstract related to water resources; or organize a special session, panel discussion, or field trip. "There are a wide range of water issues facing Georgia, and your participation will help identify and prioritize the issues, institutions, and speakers to help us address them. We also hope to get your ideas for important public figures to invite for their perspective on water resource issues."  --  *Napoleon Caldwell, GA Environmental Protection Division; Elliott Jones, U.S. Geological Survey, Georgia Water Science Center; Vechere Lampley, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Andrea Zimmer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Aris Georgakakos, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Water Research Institute; Todd Rasmussen, University of Georgia.

The conference website http://www.gawrc.org/ includes abstract submission information and links to proceedings & papers from prior events.




- Resource: SE Coastal Water Quality Monitoring Metadata Project Web Portal

This website provides access to the Coastal Water Quality Monitoring Metadata Database for the Southeast region, encompassing the Department of the Interior’s South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SALCC) from Virginia to Florida (view maps). The database was designed with National Park Service funding to store detailed information on water quality monitoring programs operated by federal, state and municipal agencies, as well as by research institutions, including monitoring station locations, measured parameters, program contacts, and links to program web pages and data downloads.
   Information from 43 monitoring programs operated in the South Atlantic region is currently registered in this database, including metadata on over 44,000 stations at which 1093 distinct parameters are measured. Additional programs and stations can also be registered by interested parties in the future. This database provides an ongoing inventory of monitoring activities for the southeast region and will help to facilitate identification of data gaps or under- or over-sampled areas. On a broader scale, the project’s water quality metadata database and web portal have timely relevance to the broad community of coastal managers, researchers, planners and constituents as they make significant progress in leveraging and focusing regional associations and partnerships.



- Fellowship: Early Career Fellowships (Center for Ocean Solutions)

The Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) seeks up to five early career natural, social, and physical science fellows to join COS researchers and experts working on interdisciplinary projects focused on elevating the impact of the social, physical, and natural sciences on ocean policy. The initial term of the fellowship is 12 months, renewable up to a three-year term contingent on performance and fit. Each fellow will receive an initial annual stipend of $63,000, with a graduated annual salary schedule. Fellows will also receive health insurance coverage, a relocation allowance, and limited support for travel and supplies. COS will review and rank applications on a rolling basis, beginning September 1st, then interview application finalists by phone or in person. The process will remain open until the positions are filled. For additional information about the fellowships, required qualifications, and application requirements, visit: www.centerforoceansolutions.org. Applications and inquiries should be submitted electronically to the COS at: earlycareerfellowship@centerforoceansolutions.org.



- Scholarship: 2012 Marine Scholarship (Oceanic Research Group)

The Oceanic Research Group is accepting applications for the 2012 Oceanic Research Group Marine Scholarship. Undergraduate students entering their junior or senior year or graduate students with an overall GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 and demonstrated financial need are eligible for the scholarship. Students must be enrolled or accepted in an accredited United States college or university for the 2012 fall term with a marine-related major. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2012.  The $1000 Marine Scholarship will be awarded in late 2012. To learn more about the application process, visit: http://www.oceanicresearch.org/scholarship/scholarship.htm.



- Request for Abstracts: Coastal GeoTools (NOAA Coastal Services Center)

Coastal GeoTools is the conference series that focuses on the technical information needs of the nation’s coastal programs. The 2013 conference will take place 25-28th March in Myrtle Beach, SC, and will focus on building the Digital Coast, a Web platform that provides access to geospatial data, tools, and technical training. The deadline for abstracts is 1st October 2012. Abstracts are requested in the following conference tracks:   

  • Data Access
  • Geospatial Applications
  • Geospatial Business Cases
  • Innovations in Technology
  • Uses of Digital Coast Resources



- Position Vacancy: Communication Specialist (MARCO)

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) is seeking a Communication Coordinator/Specialist to assist MARCO with communications-related project tasks. The Communication Specialist will assist MARCO in advancing its priorities to address challenges facing the ocean, and engage diverse ocean stakeholders and decision makers in meaningful participation in MARCO’s initiatives. Specific responsibilities will vary and include: establishing and/or improving internal and external communications; assisting in the development and implementation of stakeholder engagement plans for MARCO’s ongoing and future projects; providing content and interacting with the media; developing web content and social media opportunities; assisting in grant writing; reviewing, editing and/or writing a variety of documents; and developing communication and promotional materials. Please see www.midatlanticocean.org for further background on MARCO. This is a half-time, one-year contractual position with the possibility of follow-on. To learn more, see the full position announcement: http://www.midatlanticocean.org/macro_CommSpec.pdf.


- Position Vacancy: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems Extension Specialist (NH Sea Grant)

New Hampshire Sea Grant is looking for an individual with a background in a biological field and an interest in working with volunteers to assume the role of Assistant State Specialist in Healthy Coastal Ecosystems. The primary role of the Healthy Coastal Ecosystems Specialist will be to meet the extension and outreach objectives of the Aquatic Invasive Species project. This will include: developing outreach and education plans that will prevent the introduction of the Chinese mitten crab; expand monitoring efforts in the Gulf of Maine Region; and working closely with the Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel (NEANS) to develop rapid response plans. In addition, the successful candidate will co-lead and coordinate the NH Sea Grant Citizen Research Volunteer program. For more information and to apply visit UNH Employment Opportunities at https://jobs.usnh.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp and select University of New Hampshire.



- Regional Meeting: South Atlantic / Caribbean Conference (Governors' South Atlantic Alliance)

You are invited to participate in a regional meeting to bring together scientists from the southeast coast of the US Atlantic and those from the Caribbean (including Cuba). The meeting is sponsored by the Governors' South Atlantic Alliance (Alliance) has been posted until Spring 2013. The UNC host /organizers have planned sessions around the following themes:

  • Working Waterfronts /Marine Fisheries Management
  • Disaster Resilient Coastal Communities and Hurricane / Disaster Mitigation
  • Water Quality
  • Coral Reef Protection

Please contact Lynne Goodspeed (goodspeedl@uncw.edu) with any questions, and feel free to pass this information to colleagues. [General information sheet, Preliminary agenda and Registration sheet].



- Funding Opportunity: Research Associateships (National Research Council)

The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 - $75,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience. Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals. Applicants should contact prospective Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to the application deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities Detailed program information, including online applications, instructions on how to apply and a list of participating laboratories, is available on the NRC Research Associateship Programs Website.
Questions should be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 (phone) or rap@nas.edu.

There are four annual review cycles:
Review Cycle: November; Opens September 1; Closes November 1
Review Cycle: February; Opens December 1; Closes February 1
Review Cycle: May; Opens March 1; Closes May
Review Cycle: August; Opens June 1; Closes August 1


- Funding Opportunity: Geography and Spatial Sciences Program (NSF)

The National Science Foundation Geography and Spatial Sciences Program (GSS) sponsors research on the geographic distributions and interactions of human, physical, and biotic systems on the Earth’s surface. Investigations are encouraged into the nature, causes, and consequences of human activity and natural environmental processes across a range of scales. Projects on a variety of topics (both domestic and international) qualify for support if they contribute to scholarship by enhancing geographical knowledge, concepts, theories, methods, and their application to societal problems and concerns. GSS encourages projects that explicitly integrate undergraduate and graduate education into the overall research agenda. Regular research proposal deadline: September 13, 2012.  (other deadlines apply for DDRI proposals, etc.). http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12570/nsf12570.htm






- Webinar Series: OneNOAA and the NOAA Coastal Services Center's Digital Coast Series

The OneNOAA Science seminar series are designed to help share science and management information and to promote constructive dialogue between scientists, educators, and resource managers. The list prepared by NOAA includes the Digital Coast Webinar Series (hosted by the Coastal Services Center), a monthly webinar that focuses on coastal management topics. Upcoming webinars:

New Elevation Inventory for the Nation
August 01, 2012, 14:00-15:00 Eastern. The U.S. Interagency Elevation Inventory has just been completed in May 2012 and serves to display high-accuracy topographic and bathymetric data for the United States and its territories. The project is a collaborative effort of NOAA and the U.S. Geological Survey, with contributions from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This resource is a comprehensive, nationwide listing of known high-accuracy topographic data, including lidar and IfSAR, and bathymetric data, including NOAA hydrographic surveys, multibeam data, and bathymetric lidar. The information provided for each elevation dataset includes many attributes such as vertical accuracy, point spacing, and date of collection. Also provided are a point of contact for the data and a direct link to access the data, if available.

In this webinar participants will:

  • Find the location of existing high-resolution elevation data (lidar, IfSA R, bathymetry, etc.)
  • Locate critical information about datasets
  • Print data reports for a particular location




- Resource: BOEM Ocean Science Journal

The Science & Technology Journal of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has released Vol 9 (issue 1, Jan/Feb/March 2012). The theme of this issue is renewable energy. http://www.boem.gov/uploadedFiles/BOEM/Newsroom/Publications_Library/Ocean_Science/OS_0901_031512_FINAL_LINKED_WEB.pdf




- Resource: The Coastal Society meeting abstracts

The Coastal Society's 23rd International Conference, “Our Coasts, Our Heritage: Ecosystem Services for the Common Good” took place last month in Miami, Florida. Presentation abstracts in each of the five tracks (listed below) can can viewed at: http://www.thecoastalsociety.org/conference/tcs23/Concurrent%20Sessions%20Schedule.html#concurrent1

  • Defining and Measuring Ecosystem Services in the Context of Ecosystem Based Management
  • Planning for Emerging Coastal Issues and Threats
  • Valuing Coastal Goods and Services
  • A Social Approach to Examining our Coasts
  • Ecosystem Services in the Real World-Policy and Management Trends




- Upcoming Conference: Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 2012

The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation announces its first special conference in South America, The Changing Coastal and Estuarine Environment: A Comparative Approach. The conference will take place in Mar del Plata, Argentina 11-14 November, 2012. Early registration continues through October 11, 2012 . A program overview (including list of plenary speakers) is available at: http://www.erf.org/node/1074 .



- Upcoming Conference : Restore America's Estuaries

The 6th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration  will be held October 20-24, 2012, in Tampa, Florida. The Conference theme is "Restoring Ecosystems, Strengthening Communities." Poster presentations are still being accepted - any work relevant to coastal habitat restoration is highly encouraged, but there is particular interest in those dealing with the interface of the environment and the economy. For more information, visit: http://program.estuaries.org/.



-Resource: Coastal & Estuarine Science News (Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation)

CESN provides summaries of selected articles from the Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation's journal, Estuaries and Coasts: An International Journal of Coastal Science. The summary articles emphasize management applications of the scientific findings.  These are some recent CESN summary topics:

To subscribe by email, or read prior articles, please visit, http://www.erf.org/cesn-list.




-Resource: Marine Science Review (by SeaWeb)

SeaWeb's Marine Science Review compiles citations and abstracts of marine science research. Their newsletters are organized by topic. Recently posted reviews include:

  • Aquaculture and Hatcheries. Posted on December 8, 2011. Topic categories include: Reviews; Aquaculture - Trends and Developments; Aquaculture - Human Health and Social Impacts; Aquaculture - Environmental Impacts; Aquaculture Feeds - Issues and Developments; Disease - Threats, Management and Control, Aquaculture and Sea Lice; Hatcheries and Hatchery Impacts.

    To read past issues of Marine Science Review, visit their archives.


- Resource: Inundation Analysis Tool (NOAA)

NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) has launched an innovative new tool for coastal resource managers. The Inundation Analysis Tool is a web-based application that employs data collected at NOAA tide gauge stations to provide statistical summaries of the historical frequency and duration of observed high waters. The data input for this tool is 6-minute water level data time series and the tabulated times and heights of the high tides over a user specified time period, relative to a desired tidal datum or user-specified datum. The data output of this tool provides summary statistics, which includes the number of occurrences of inundation above the threshold (events) and length of duration of inundation of each events above the threshold elevation for a specified time period. http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/inundation/



- Funding Opportunity: Hydrologic Sciences (NSF)

This program encourages studies probing the spatial and temporal heterogeneity of water and chemical fluxes and storages from local to global scales, coupling for simulating residence times, interfacial fluxes, pathways among system compartments; and pursuing topics in ecohydrology, geolimnology, and hydrologic impacts on microbial communities. Hydrologic Sciences also supports research in aqueous geochemistry directly connected to hydrologic processes and the physical, chemical, and biological processes taking place as water bodies change. The Program is especially interested in proposals in emerging fields. Hydrologic Sciences accepts proposals that will contribute to the transformation of hydrologic research methodologies. Examples include field activities to assess methods for implementing watershed scale hydrologic observatories, hydrologic synthesis, instrumentation and sensor development, and cyberinfrastructure. Anticipated funding is $7,900,000, annually. The estimated number of awards is 30 to 40 standard or continuing grants or cooperative agreements per year. Awards are generally made within 6 to 7 months of the proposal submission date for successful proposals. Deadline: December 5 and June 1 annually. NSF 09-538. http://nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09538/nsf09538.htm

- Training: Marine GIS (Mappamondo)

Mappamondo GIS is offering an online course intended to give an in depth overview of the application of GIS mapping and analyses to marine environments. The course will cover such subjects as marine GIS datasets and methods of data collection in the marine environment (LiDAR, Multibeam, ROV, satellite data), calculation of benthic complexity parameters, habitat suitability modeling, marine protected areas systematic design, GIS methods for fisheries dynamics studies, mathematical interpolation of point data, GIS for tracking marine fauna and the ArcGIS Marine Data Model. Course duration is 16-40 hours. Each module is completed by a hands-on tutorial in ArcGIS. To download a detailed description of the program go to: http://www.mappamondogis.it/pdf/MarineGIS_en.pdf.



- Resource: GIS for the Oceans (free book download)

This book is a collection of GIS case studies in marine science introduced by Dawn Wright (Professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State University and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science). The book showcases how GIS can assist meeting the challenges facing marine science. Download the book at: http://www.esri.com/library/ebooks/oceans.pdf.


- Application: Fishery Analyst Online

Fishery Analyst Online version 3.0 is an ArcGIS application developed to effectively analyze and visualize temporal and spatial patterns of fishery dynamics. The main functions are quantitative estimation and visualization of catch and effort and their variation in space and time, analysis of fishing vessel utilization, data quality control, and deriving information on the location of important economic and threatened species. Download a free trial with user manual, tutorial and demo dataset here: http://www.mappamondogis.it/fisheryanalystonline.htm.



- New Tool: Vertical Datum Transformation (NOAA)

NOAA has released the first edition of a free vertical datum transformation (VDatum) tool that allows users to produce a set of consistent geospatial data over coastal and interior areas of the contiguous United States, removing the differences between the vertical reference systems of land- and water-based data. For more information go to: http://vdatum.noaa.gov.


- Resource: The EBM Tools Network Launches New Coastal-Marine Tools Database

The Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Tools Network has launched a new online coastal-marine tools database - www.ebmtoolsdatabase.org. The database is free to use and can help you find tools for your coastal and marine management and conservation projects. In addition, you can find projects, resources, organizations, and practitioners related to tools and can contribute your own information and expertise. For more information about the database or the EBM Tools Network, contact Sarah Carr, EBM Tools Network Coordinator, at sarah_carr@natureserve.org.



- Document of Interest: NOAA Releases Coastal Sea-Level Change Needs Assessment Report

The “Coastal Sea-Level Change Societal Challenge Needs Assessment Report” focuses on the needs of the coastal managers, planners and decision-makers who are facing existing or emerging climate issues related to coastal sea-level change. The report is intended to provide NOAA with current information on the needs of coastal decision makers in order to guide its development of trainings, engagement efforts, decision-support tools, and applications. To view the report, go to: http://www.floods.org/ace-files/documentlibrary/committees/Coastal/NOAA_Coastal_Sea_Level_Change_Societal_Challenge_Needs_Assessment_Report.pdf




- Document of Interest: America's Ocean Future (JOCI)

On June 7th, the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Leadership Council (JOCI) released a new report calling on leaders to support effective implementation of the National Ocean Policy. The report, “America’s Ocean Future: Ensuring Healthy Oceans to Support a Vibrant Economy,” highlights three fundamental components JOCI believes are essential for the National Ocean Policy to achieve its potential to improve ocean governance: robust federal coordination; improved collection and delivery of science and data to support decision making; and immediate investments that increase government efficiency and effectiveness and strengthen critical information collection and delivery. The report is available on the JOCI website at: www.jointoceancommission.org.



- Document of Interest: NOAA Next Generation Strategic Plan

The NOAA Next Generation Strategic Plan (NGSP) is now available. The Plan conveys NOAA’s mission and vision of the future, the national and global issues NOAA must address, the specific outcomes NOAA aims to help society realize, and the actions that the Agency must undertake.  NOAA’s Long-term Goals (summarized in the Exec Summary):

  • Climate Adaptation and Mitigation - An informed society anticipating and responding to climate and its impacts
  • Weather-Ready Nation - Society is prepared for and responds to weather-related events
  • Healthy Oceans - Marine fisheries, habitats, and biodiversity are sustained within healthy and productive ecosystems
  • Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies - Coastal and Great Lakes communities are environmentally and economically sustainable  

To read the Summary, or the review the full document, please visit: http://www.ppi.noaa.gov/ngsp.html



- Documents of Interest: Working Waterways & Waterfronts Symposium

Last September, the 2010 Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium was held in Portland, Maine. Participants came together to discuss the economic, social, cultural, and environmental values of waterfronts and the important role of water-dependent uses in sustainable coastal communities. PDFs of the presentations as well as the recently published "Sense of the Symposium" are now available online at: http://www.wateraccessus.com. The “Sense of the Symposium” document summarizes key themes that emerged during the three days of discussion, presentations, field trips, and interaction at the symposium.



-Document of Interest: Adapting to Climate Change (NOAA - OCRM)

NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management has developed “Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers” to help U.S. state and territorial (states) coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the risks associated with climate change impacts affecting their coasts. The guide was written in response to a request from state coastal managers for guidance from NOAA on adaptation planning in the coastal zone and is intended as an aid, not as a prescriptive directive, and a state may choose to use individual steps or chapters or the entire guide, depending on where they are in their planning process.



-Workshop Materials Available: Planning for Climate Change (NERRS)

Materials are now available for Planning for Climate Change, a workshop that was developed as a national project for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). The workshop is geared primarily toward shoreline planners and developed so that Coastal Training Programs (and other agencies) around the country can customize the workshop and use it as part of their educational efforts regarding climate change. It was piloted twice (in Washington State) and, while it lays a foundation in current climate research, it primarily addresses the fundamentals of how to prepare and adapt to the anticipated impacts of climate change. Workshop materials, evaluation results, lessons learned, PowerPoint presentations, and streaming video of the training sessions are all posted on the NERRS website: http://nerrs.noaa.gov/CTPIndex.aspx?ID=455 (link corrected March 6th).


In the News

Status of US Fisheries Report Released

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service – 2011 Status of U.S. Fisheries report* has been released. The report includes some good news about relative increases in stock health over 2010 figures.       

  • Nationally --
    • 86 percent of the populations examined for fishing activity (222 of 258) were not subject to overfishing, or not fished at too high a level, compared to 84 percent in 2010
    • 79 percent of assessed populations (174 of 219) are not overfished, or were above levels that require a rebuilding plan, compared to 77 percent in 2010.
  • Regionally (Southern Atlantic Coast) --
    • Tilefish – No longer subject to overfishing
    • Black sea bass – No longer overfished

*NMFS, 2012, Annual Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries-2011, U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA, Natl., Mar. Fish. Serv., Silver Spring, MD, 20 pp. http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/statusoffisheries/SOSmain.htm


Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon Detected By Acoustic Receivers At Gray's Reef

[quoting from Aug/Sept 2012 edition of Gray's Reef Bites]: Eight Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon Have Been Detected By Acoustic Receivers Deployed At Gray's Reef

Healthy habitat is vital to abundant fisheries and marine life. Fish use habitat to feed, grow, reproduce, and raise their young so these places need to be in good condition for fish populations to survive and thrive. Fish that migrate between the ocean and freshwater streams, such as the Atlantic sturgeon, have declined as a result of culverts, weirs, dams, and man-made barriers to migration and spawning.
    The first sturgeon was detected in the sanctuary by the receivers just over a year ago. The sturgeon count now includes one fish that was originally tagged in the New York Bight by Keith Dunton with Stony Brook University; three tagged in Delaware by Dr. Dewayne Fox with Delaware State University; three tagged in the Edisto River, S.C. by Bill Post with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources; and one tagged in the Altamaha River by Daniel Erickson, previously with University of Miami Pew Institute for Ocean Science, and Dr. Douglas Peterson, with the School of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia.
    What the sturgeon are doing in Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is not yet clear. But detecting eight individuals, many tagged north of Cape Hatteras, is remarkable because acoustic tagging projects generally have a much smaller sample size than conventional tagging, and the population of Atlantic sturgeon for tagging is quite small. It is also noteworthy that Atlantic sturgeon have never been previously reported from Gray's Reef, in spite of many thousands of man-hours of SCUBA dives and recreational fishing conducted there annually.



Groundwater Monitoring on Tybee

Two groundwater wells in Chatham County* operated by the U.S. Geological Survey were recently instrumented for monitoring of specific conductance. According to the USGS press release, New System Helps Protect Tybee Island, Savannah Water),

"The U.S. Geological Survey designed and installed the innovative system that uses satellite telemetry to monitor groundwater levels and salinity daily. Tybee Island is the most seaward municipality in the Savannah area and is vulnerable to groundwater contamination from seawater.  This new system will serve as an early warning indicator of saltwater encroachment toward public supply wells.
      These real-time-monitoring wells are part of a larger network of wells that the USGS annually samples for chloride concentration to determine relative movement of saltwater in the Upper Floridan aquifer in the Savannah, Georgia area. The wells are part of a statewide groundwater level monitoring network funded by the USGS and the Georgia [sic] Environmental Protection Division. The City of Tybee Island provided funding to upgrade the wells to enable real time monitoring of groundwater levels and salinity.”

*Chatham County stations: 320127080511203 / 39Q026 & 320127080511301 / 39Q027.
Real time data for these and other well sites is available (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ga/nwis/current/?type=gw&group_key=county_cd)
For more information, contact USGS Supervisory Hydrologist (& GCRC affiliate!), John Clarke (jsclarke@usgs.gov, 770-903-9170)



USGS Report: Sea Level Rise Accelerating in U.S. Atlantic Coast

[text from the Coastal States Organization newsletter]

June 24, 2012 - Department of the Interior. According to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report published in Nature Climate Change, rates of sea-level rise are increasing three-to-four times faster along portions of the U.S. Atlantic Coast than globally. Since about 1990, sea-level rise in the 600-mile stretch of coastal zone from Cape Hatteras, NC to north of Boston, MA - coined a "hotspot" by scientists - has increased 2-3.7 millimeters per year, while the global increase over the same period was 0.6-1.0 millimeter per year. The report shows that the sea-level rise “hotspot” is consistent with the slowing of Atlantic Ocean circulation, which models show may be tied to changes in water temperature, salinity and density in the subpolar north Atlantic. See the full USGS press release to learn more and access the online version of the report.



Responding to Climate Change through Coastal Habitat Restoration

April 19, 2012 - Restore America's Estuaries released a new study (Restore-Adapt-Mitigate: Responding to Climate Change through Coastal Habitat Restoration) linking ecologically important coastal habitat restoration with adaptation and mitigation strategies as a way to reduce the impacts of ongoing global climate change. The report demonstrates that coastal wetland restoration--everything from restoring salt marshes, to protecting mangroves, and creating new coastal wetlands--can be an integral part of public and private initiatives to combat climate change.


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