Fall 2018
Dear Friends,

I hope you are all enjoying a great start to your fall. I recently returned from the biennial Sea Grant Week, where I gathered with directors and other staff of Sea Grant programs from around the country to exchange ideas and learn about new ways we can serve the people of Delaware. I am excited for what the coming year will bring.

One upcoming event I want to encourage all of you to attend if you are able is this year's Coast Day, happening this Sunday, October 7! While Delaware Sea Grant organizes Coast Day every year, this year's event will have a few special opportunities to learn about the program, from information in the main exhibit in Cannon Lab Room 104 to the chance to see a watermelon bus from Sea Grant efforts in Laurel.

You can see a schedule for the day and learn more at www.decoastday.org. My lab will be sharing our research with the public as well. I hope you will join us.

Other news in this edition of At Sea includes continued success as Delaware Sea Grant develops internship opportunities for students and the hiring of our new associate director, Chris Hauser, who has already brought tremendous energy and new ideas to our ranks.


Kathy Coyne, Ph.D.
Director, Delaware Sea Grant
Emily Ruhl seining in the Delaware Bay.
Delaware Sea Grant connects students with internships

University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean and Environment master's graduates Chris Grasso and Emily Ruhl spent the summer at internships facilitated by Delaware Sea Grant, helping develop their professional skills and aiding two local programs. This fall, both Chris and Emily moved on to jobs at the Army Corps of Engineers. Read More >>
Leipsic Water Oyster Festival Hat
Delaware Sea Grant celebrates second annual Leipsic Oyster Festival

About 1,500 people attended last year's oyster festival in Leipsic, created with the support of Sustainable Coastal Communities Specialist Ed Lewandowski. This year's event builds on that success Oct. 13.
Watercolors and Watermelons 

The local community of Laurel, Delaware came together to paint on two recycled school buses, highlighting watermelons' importance to Laurel's agricultural economy and history. One of the buses was selected to be on display at the 78th National Folk Festival in Salisbury, MD.  Read More >>
New Associate Director Named

Christian Hauser has joined Delaware Sea Grant as an associate director from a consulting firm where he led ecological restoration projects throughout the United States. Christian will be administering the research program and working with researchers, community members, and government agencies to seek research opportunities that would address community needs and have a real-world impact.  Meet Christian >>
Bonus Features from Delaware Sea Grant

Sea Talk:
Crabbing Economy

Blue crabs continue to contribute greatly to the state's coastal economy. The increase in the number of mature crabs are indicating positive signs for species' health and commercial harvest.

How to Prepare for Extreme Weather and Other Coastal Hazards  
Hurricane season serves as an annual reminder that we need to prepare our homes for coastal hazards. Delaware Sea Grant offers the Homeowners' Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards to help you get ready.

Cover of Homeowners_ Handbook
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Bring the beauty of the coast to your computer screen with our online calendars. In addition, check out the list of notable dates, environmental facts, and web links.

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