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MN - NOAA Sea Grant awards $3.4M for U.S. aquaculture projects, including one in Minnesota

The National Sea Grant College Program announced $3.4 million in federal funding to support aquaculture research and outreach this week. The funding, which leverages federal dollars 2:1 with state matching funds, will support 23 aquaculture conferences and workshops and 11 aquaculture research projects.

Through the federal grant competition, the University of Minnesota Sea Grant received $19,000 to organize a workshop to prioritize strategies for raising fish such as salmon, walleye and tilapia and shellfish in Minnesota. Preliminary plans are underway for the workshop, which will focus on fish for human consumption rather than fish for bait or stocking, to take place in Duluth in 2017.  Read More

WI - Thanksgiving for Wisconsin’s Waters 
We’re thankful Sea Grant and WRI could engage in dozens of projects that benefit the 6.4 million acres of the Great Lakes within state borders and Wisconsin’s 1.2 quadrillion gallons of groundwater. Here are just three sample projects from those dozens... Read More

II - To commemorate 50 years of Sea Grant, we look back on our humble beginnings
The National Sea Grant Program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) is looking back at its own origins through the eyes of its first leader. Robert Espeseth was at the helm from 1982 through 1994. Now a retired University of Illinois professor of leisure studies, he recalled those early years as both part happenstance and part destiny.  Read More

OH - Research Keeps Tap Water Safer from Harmful Algal Blooms
Research at Stone Lab, The Ohio State University’s island campuson Lake Erie, has determined that some commercially available filter pitchers are able to remove microcystin, the main toxin produced by harmful algal blooms (HABs), from tap water. Read More

OH - Producing Safe Drinking Water for Lake Erie Residents
The Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI) continues to support research efforts focused on solving Ohio’s harmful algal bloom problem.  Read More

OH - Research to gather phosphorus signatures that can help in HABs management
Researchers at The Ohio State University are investigating new techniques to detect organic phosphorus compounds in water samples from the Lake Erie watershed. Their goal is to develop unique phosphorus signatures that can provide a clue to the origin of phosphorus found fueling harmful algal blooms (HABs).  Read More

WI - Researchers Find Meteotsunamis are an Underrated Hazard in the Great Lakes
Researchers Chin Wu and Adam Bechle with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discovered that several historical disasters attributed to seiches were actually caused by meteotsunamis. Read More

II - R/V Lake Guardian completes summer survey
In August, EPA scientists from GLNPO collaborated with scientists from Buffalo State, Cornell University, University of Chicago, and University of Minnesota-Duluth to complete the Lake Guardian’s 2016 Summer Survey.  This year, CSMI was focused in Lake Superior, where more than 200 water samples, 150 plankton nets, and 600 ponar grabs were performed across the lake to assess the long-term status of the lower food web. Each year, the Lake Guardian also serves as a floating classroom for educators throughout the Great Lakes thanks to programs run by the Center for Great Lakes Literacy.  Read More

PA - Hydrilla Verticillata Confirmed in Tioga County 
Hydrilla verticillata, a highly invasive aquatic plant, has recently been confirmed in a small, damned pond off the Little Nanticoke Creek in Owego, NY. Read More

PA - Emerging Contaminants Session
Staff from HI, OR, II, FL, NY, PA Sea Grant and the Sea Grant Law Center recently facilitated an Emerging Contaminants session at Sea Grant Week.  Workshop Summary by Mary Donahue of HI Sea Grant:

The workshop "Sea Grant's Role in Emerging Contaminants: Research, Education, and Outreach" commenced with a definition of the term emerging contaminants followed by introduction and exploration of such contaminants relative to Sea Grant's mission. Three broad classes of contaminants were principally discussed 1) pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), 2) coal tar sealcoats, and 3) microplastics. The National Sea Grant Law Center provided a brief legal overview related to emerging contaminants, which allowed initiation of a legal and biophysical problem analysis by workshop participants. An inventory of state Sea Grant programs' activities in emerging contaminants was begun with the aim of developing a social networking matrix that would serve to illustrate the Sea Grant Network's current portfolio in this topical area and potentially inform state Sea Grant program strategic planning. Extant and potential local, state, and national partnerships to advance Sea Grant's
service in emerging contaminants were reflected upon including the recognition that regional collaboration (geographic or thematic) of state Sea Grant programs was desirable. The congruity of the topic of emerging contaminants to the National Sea Grant College Program Strategic Plan(s) was postulated with possible expression within state Sea Grant programs via inclusion in request for (research) proposals, among other avenues. Topical investment by the National Sea Grant College Program or other federal agencies or opportunities is also of interest. Emerging contaminants have broad connectivity and scope throughout the Sea Grant Network, essentially touching the lives of all of our stakeholders and constituents; as such, much opportunity exists for Sea Grant to play an increasing role in associated research, outreach, education, communications and law.

WI - Tracking Ghost Nets, Part Two
The new grant will fund the development of a net-marking kit that anglers can carry to make identifying, marking and reporting ghost nets to the proper authorities easier and more accurate.  As part of the grant, GLFWC will also receive high-resolution sonar equipment and underwater optics that will help locate ghost nets once they’ve been reported. Funding will also be provided to the Wisconsin DNR to cover expenses related to ghost net removal.  Read More

WI - Atlantic Salmon on the Horizon for Aquaculture in Wisconsin and North America 
Greg Fischer, facility operations manager for the University of Stevens-Point Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility (UWSP NADF), has seen the future of aquaculture in Wisconsin and North America, and it contains platefuls of delicious Atlantic salmon.  Fischer and UWSP NADF are working with partners in Washington State and Wisconsin to get U.S.-grown and farmed salmon onto people’s dinner tables. Currently, most of the Atlantic salmon produced for food is imported from Chile, Norway, Scotland and Canada.

MI - Waterfowl die-off on Lake Michigan shores linked to type E botulism
Several species of waterfowl carcasses have recently washed ashore in Lake Michigan’s Leelanau, Emmet, Charlevoix, Delta and Schoolcraft counties. A team of volunteers has been monitoring places such as the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Northern Leelanau County region, the Garden Peninsula region and other stretches near the City of Manistique. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Disease Lab has confirmed type E botulism as the cause of death for these dozens and dozens of diving ducks and loons. Read More

II - Buoys in the off-season: 6 things you need to know
The sun has set—literally, see above video—on another season for our Two Yellow Buoys anchored in Lake Michigan. Rest assured, they will be well-cared-for and back in action in the spring of 2017.  Read More

WI - Wisconsin Expands Its Roster of Clean Marinas
The Wisconsin Marine Association (WMA) presented seven Wisconsin marinas with “Clean Marina” certificates at its fall conference in Rothschild, held last week. The awards recognize marinas and boatyards for implementing numerous green practices that protect water quality, public health and fish and wildlife habitat. Read More

II - Flood Vulnerability Assessment tool is online and ready to help

After three years in the making, the Flood Vulnerability Assessment for Critical Facilities is now available online to assist critical facilities—like hospitals, fire and police departments, and utility providers—evaluate their preparedness for when the next big rain storm hits.  At the heart of the tool is a series of questions that will help communities in the Midwest determine a facility’s risk based on factors like its proximity to a flood plain, past flooding issues, stormwater drainage structures, and the location of backup generators, servers, and other critical systems.  Read More

MI - Great Lakes freighters - and crews - get ready for winter layup
Among Great Lakes sailors, the term “winter layup” is spoken with great anticipation and yearning around this time of year. The term refers to the period when the large freighters are forced by snow and ice into docks for the winter. For sailors, this is a time for an extended home leave when they can catch up with their families and enjoy the simple pleasures of life ashore that most of us take for granted. Read More

OH - Developing Models to Improve Stream Health with Agricultural Conservation Practices
The Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) is an effort sponsored by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to assess the effectiveness of agricultural conservation practices at reducing the impacts of agriculture on surrounding ecosystems.  In 2016, work was completed on a 4-year CEAP-Wildlife project focused on nutrient and sediment impacts on fishes in streams throughout the western Lake Erie basin (WLEB).  Read More

PA - Anglers will benefit from new fish habitat structures in Presque Isle Bay
Members of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie, Pennsylvania Sea Grant and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources gathered at the West Pier boat launch at Presque Isle State Park to improve the fish habitat of Presque Isle Bay.  Read More

II - Like cars, drinking water systems require maintenance
Keeping up with repair and replacement so that we can continue to have reliable and safe water supply means someone somewhere has to pay. While some funding progress has been made in terms of federal programs, as well as making state programs more accessible, the majority of water service funding comes from our monthly water bills. In order to make the needed upgrades to our water pipes and pumps, it will take a shift in the way water is priced—a shift toward full-cost pricing—to comprehensively address water infrastructure needs.  Read More

MI - Detroit museum highlights importance of maritime history in Michigan
This is the first in a series of articles focusing on Great Lakes maritime heritage.  As the Great Lakes State, Michigan is richly blessed with maritime heritage resources, and this series will explore many of them.  Read More

II - Limno Loan spurs freshwater education around Great Lakes
The Limno Loan program, overseen by the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, is making it easier for educators around the Great Lakes to teach their students about freshwater science. Not only that, but it’s also inspiring youngsters who have never gotten to use real scientific gear.  Read More

NY - Seafood Eat Food Workshop
NYSG's education efforts target an upcoming generation of seafood consumers who value locally grown and healthful food.  Read More

OH - Tiny but Mighty
Weaver was one of eight student workers who earn free room and board in exchange for helping with daily operations of the lab, including housekeeping and kitchen duties, and assisting with tours at the Aquatic Visitors Center (AVC) and South Bass Island Lighthouse.  Read More

II - Illinois Water Conference featured on WILL
Participants in the University of Illinois 2016 Water Quality Conference Reducing Nutrient Losses panel discussed ways in which farmers and landowners can manage water quality.  The piece aired on WILL Illinois Public Media.  Read More

MN - Clean Water Summit
MN Sea Grant and UMN Extension educator John Bilotta was a coordinator and participant in the 2016 Clean Water Summit to Showcase Green Infrastructure Practices in Minneapolis, Minnesota in September. The conference featured success stories in redevelopment and retrofit sites, including case studies focused on project planning, developing partnerships, engaging communities, tools and techniques in design, installation, operation and maintenance to optimize green infrastructure performance.

MN - Watershed Game
MN Sea Grant extension educators Cindy Hagley and John Bilotta presented a Watershed Game Train-the-Trainer Workshop in Galena, Illinois for the League of Women Voters in October, 2016.

NY - Wear It!
Cold-weather, on-water safety tips.  Read More

Recent Publications

Programmatic Publications

MN - Research Publications
Downing, J.A., C.T. Cherrier and R.W. Fulweiler, 2016, Low ratios of silica to dissolved nitrogen supplied to rivers arise from agriculture not reservoirs, Ecological Letters, DOI 10.1111/ele.12689. Abstract:   

This study published in Ecology Letters and co-authored by MN SG Director John Downing adds to a growing body of work examining the relationship between harmful algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico and agricultural runoff. The article focuses on water chemistry, specifically the ratio of dissolved silica to dissolved inorganic nitrogen in 130 lakes connected to watersheds influencing nutrient concentrations in the Gulf of Mexico.
JR636. K. Bitsura-Meszaros, A. McCreary, J. W. Smith, E. Seekamp, M. A. Davenport, J. Nieber, B. Wilson, D. H. Anderson, C. Messer, and M. Kanazawa. 2015. Building coastal climate readiness along the north shore of Lake Superior. Michigan Journal of Sustainability Vol. 3.;rgn=main

WI - Aquatic Sciences Chronicle
  • Unraveling The Radium Riddle WRI-funded researchers dig deep to pinpoint the source of Wisconsin’s next big water-quality issue.
  • A Ray of Light Sunlight breaks down the molecules of chemical contaminants in water. The question is, how long will it take?
  • Program/People News - New Studies Aim to Protect and Better Manage Wisconsin’s Water Wealth
  • Outreach - Crude Oil Transport, St. Louis River Speaker Series Concludes Third Year, No Release - Habitattitude Continues to Prevent AIS
  • Wisconsin's Water Library - Getting a Read on a Slippery Issue
  • Featured Social Media + Web - Connect With the New Water Library Website Start savoring Wisconsin fish
  • Education - Wisconsin Teachers Trade Whiteboards for Whitecaps

MI - Upwellings

  • Happy anniversary, Sea Grant!
  • Celebrating Sea Grant’s 50th anniversary
    • Justin Selden brings the classroom to the water
    • Heather Triezenberg knows how to ask the right questions
  • New from Michigan Sea Grant: Freshwater Feasts
  • Key Partner Award — Great Lakes Fishery Trust’s Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative
  • Meritorious Service Award – Norma Matteson
  • HABs on the horizonPart 3: New risks, new tools
  • Crayfishes of Michigan
  • Sustainable Small Harbors team visits northern Michigan
  • Fellowship applications now open!
  • Save the date - IAGLR 2017
  • From Extension
    • Wait – that’s NOT a seagull?
    • Doing this one thing will improve the quality of sport-caught fish
    • Innovation, excitement to begin at Boardman River system in Traverse City
    • What will the Lake Michigan salmon stocking cut mean for Michigan anglers?

OH - Twine Line

  • Ohio Sea Grant Research Keeps Tap Water Safer from Harmful Algal Blooms
  • Western Lake Erie Basin Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) Wildlife Assessment
  • Lake Erie Fishery Managers Ask Anglers to Scan Yellow Perch
  • Stone Lab’s Advanced Five-Week Courses Offer a Deep Immersion into Science
  • Producing Safe Drinking Water for Lake Erie Residents
  • NOAA and Partners Issue Fifth Seasonal Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast from Stone Lab
  • Lake Erie Charter Captains Play a Major Role in Water Quality Sampling
  • How’d that get there?
  • Stone Lab Courses 2017
  • Student Spotlight: Ella Weaver
  • Friends of Stone Lab (FOSL)

PA - Newspapers in Education


Sea Grant Files
  • It's a Blue-Green World! Cyanobacteria and You (6:27)  4.6 MB mp3 | Aired 11/8/2016
  • Sea Grant Act Signed 50 Years Ago...And Then What!? (7:22)  5.0 MB mp3 | Aired 10/25/2016
  • A Year of Intensive Monitoring: "CSMI" on Lake Superior (5:23) 4.1 MB mp3 | Aired 10/11/16
MI - New Blog 
Michigan Sea Grant's brand-new cooking blog, Freshwater Feasts! Some of you are already aware of the blog, as we did a soft roll-out at Sea Grant Week. We envision FF as an informal repository for all things related to freshwater foodstuffs, from posts about your favorite seafood restaurant to Vanessa's awesome fish-shaped cookies to tips on grilling the perfect plank of salmon. 

NY - Social Media Review: Late November 2016 
As Hurricane season wanes, winter's snow storms wax. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers its outlook for the season, a e-tool to see when you might expect your first snowfall and how might La Nina impact our weather in the coming months. Also, the latest U.S. and global climate and U.S. drought data. NYSG provides a wrap-up of its recent news as well, which includes a look at the hurricane season to snow storm transition.

Holiday Shopping?
  • Truly Superior Fish Notecards - From MNSG - Truly Superior Fish note cards are 5 x 7" cards illustrated with some of Lake Superior's dazzling native fish. Spunky text on the back of the card lets recipients know what makes the species unique. The cards are blank on the inside. Set I | Set II
  • Lake Superior Shipwrecks Guides - From WI SG - Set of 10, 9.5" x 6.5" waterproof plastic slates. These waterproof dive guides feature site maps, schematics, diving information, ship data and histories for seven of Wisconsin’s Lake Superior shipwrecks: H.D.Coffinberry, Fedora, Lucerne, Noquebay, Ottawa, Pretoria and Sevona.  In addition three new historic sites have been added to the set:Stockton Island Brownstone Quarry Dock, Hermit Island Brownstone Quarry Dock and Basswood Island Brownstone Quarry Dock.
  • Crayfishes of Michigan Poster - MI Sea Grant -  Explore the wild world of freshwater crayfish! This 26" x 37" poster showcases 10 types of native and invasive crayfish commonly found in Michigan’s rivers, lakes, and streams. Full-color images and detailed descriptions help make identification a breeze.
  • Ohio Lake Erie Birding Trail Guidebook - A compilation of 88 popular and less well-known birding spots all along Ohio’s Lake Erie coast, from Ashtabula to Toledo.

Staff Updates

Growing Power’s Will Allen Joins Wisconsin Sea Grant’s Advisory Council

His addition to the council was simply the formalization of a relationship that’s been in place for many years. For more than a decade, Allen’s been collaborating with Fred Binkowski, Wisconsin Sea Grant’s aquaculture outreach specialist, to train more than a thousand people to become aquaponics farmers.  Read More

NY - Jamaica Bay Specialist Profiled by Boating Times Long Island
Earlier this month, published a feature story spotlighting New York Sea Grant's Jamaica Bay Specialist, Helen Cheng, who began her position at Brooklyn College this past February. Read More

MI - Fellowship Opportunities
Applications are now open for five fellowships with Michigan Sea Grant or a partner organization. These paid fellowships run from one to two years and are designed for graduate students or recent graduates with a strong interest in
marine and Great Lakes issues. Applicants from a wide range of academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Online applications are due in January and February. For deadlines and specific information about each fellowship offered, visit our fellowship page (

Great Lakes Commission - Sea Grant Fellowship
The Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship is sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network.   Application deadline: Feb. 17, 2017, 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT

Ohio State University Sea Grant College Program and Stone Lab win Friend of Conservation Award
The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) honored Ohio State University's Sea Grant College Program and Stone Lab with the 2016 Friend of Conservation Award on Tuesday, October 25th during the MACD Annual Convention.

Recent Publications
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