Late Winter 2019
NY Coastlines / Currents
Vol. 47, No. 1 / Vol. 7, No. 1  
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In This Issue ...

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
NYSG-facilitated educational programming is advancing local government's ability to address hazard resiliency. Read on >>

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

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

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

Coastal Communities
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. Read on >>

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)
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. Read on >>

Seafood Awareness
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. Read on >>

Hurricane Awareness
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. Read on >>

Climate Literacy
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. Read on >>

Lake Erie Fisheries
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. Read on >>

Lake Ontario Fisheries
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. Read on >>

Marine Debris
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. Read on >>

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

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

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

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

Related NYSG #Education Impacts ...

Fish to Dish Internships
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. Read on >>

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

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

Shipboard Science
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. Read on >>

Estuary Day
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. Read on >>

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

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

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 skyscraper.
  • Great Lakes' Environmental, Economic, Educational Value Noted in NY Sea Grant Impact (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 >> 
About NY Coastlines / Currents and New York Sea Grant

Sea Grant is a national network of 33 university-based programs whose research, extension and outreach programs promote better understanding, conservation and use of America's coastal resources. New York Sea Grant (NYSG) has been "Bringing Science to the Shore" since 1971 as a joint program of the State University of New York (SUNY) and Cornell University.

New York Coastlines
is a product of NYSG project C/PC-13 funded under award NA18OAR4170096 granted to the Research Foundation of SUNY on behalf of NYSG from the National Sea Grant College Program of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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