Summer 2018
Dear Friends,

Now that we are officially a couple of weeks into the summer, I hope many of you have made it down to Delaware's beaches, enjoyed some time in our parks, or otherwise taken advantage of being outside.

Sea Grant exists to serve our coastal communities, and in Delaware tourism is a big part of building Resilient Communities and Economies, one of the national program's focus areas. We support our tourist economy at both small and large scales, and examples of both can be found on page 8 of our new annual report, just out this week.

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As you can see from the cover, much of this year's Reporter focuses on another priority of Delaware Sea Grant: workforce development. Last year we began finding ways to help place students in internships or fellowships that would allow them to grow in their work understanding and protecting coastal and marine resources. I am pleased to let you know that the successes you'll read about in the Reporter have led to new opportunities for this year as well.

I hope you will take some time to learn about what Delaware Sea Grant has accomplished in the past year and look through the briefs below for some additional news about the program. As always, we appreciate your support!


Kathy Coyne, Ph.D.
Director, Delaware Sea Grant
Join Sea Grant for a workshop on offshore wind in Delaware

As offshore wind projects take shape in Maryland and Governor Carney has charged a working group with studying how to engage with the industry in Delaware, our Marine Advisory Service specialist Jame McCray has helped to organize a workshop for the public to learn more and share their thoughts this July 12 in Bethany Beach. Read More and Register to Attend >>
Delaware Sea Grant welcomes new leadership

After a wave of retirements, Delaware Sea Grant is nearing full staffing again with the hire of Kathy Coyne as the new director of the program and the promotion of Chris Petrone, who leaves his post as marine education specialist to become the new director of the Marine Advisory Service. Meet the Team >>
Delaware Sea Grant extension and communications earn awards

Jim Falk, who retired from Delaware Sea Grant in 2017, was honored by the Sea Grant Extension Assembly with the William Q. Wick Visionary Career Leadership in Administration Award. Ed Lewandowski won the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Early Career Achievement Award. And the Environmental Public Education Office won two first place awards from the National Federation of Press Women.
Delaware Sea Grant launches new website

To streamline the public's experience when learning about the work of Delaware Sea Grant, a new was recently released. Visitors learn about how the program works and then easily find news of program activities and listings of upcoming events. More information is available by subject area. Explore the site >>
Bonus Features from Delaware Sea Grant

Sea Talk:
Sea Level Rise

Sea level rise is a pressing issue for Delaware, the lowest-lying US state. The Delaware Geological Survey is mapping the  topography of Delaware to identify areas  susceptible to future flooding.

Education to Help Prevent Surf Zone Injury
 Delaware Sea Grant researcher Jack Puleo realized during his project on surf zone injury that there was a need for education in basic wave safety and created a simple but effective tool.

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Bring the beauty of the coast to your computer screen with our online cal-endars. In addition, check out the list of notable dates, environmental facts, and web links.

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