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S.C. Sea Grant Board of Directors Meeting Scheduled
(Release date September 17, 2008)
Contact: Susan Ferris Hill, (843) 953-2078 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Charleston, S.C.—S.C. Sea Grant Consortium will hold the annual Board of Directors meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on September 29, 2008 at the Medical University of South Carolina, President’s Conference Room, 1st Floor of Colcock Hall, 179 Ashley Avenue, Charleston, S.C. Items on the agenda include a review of the Consortium’s 2008-10 Implementation Plan, reports on program activities and selected accomplishments, 2009-10 state budget and NOAA/Sea Grant fiscal year 2009 appropriations. Election of the next Consortium Board Chair will also be held.
The Consortium’s Board of Directors is composed of the chief executive officers of its eight member institutions. Current board members are: Dr. Andrew A. Sorensen, president emeritus of University of South Carolina; James F. Barker, president of Clemson University; Dr. David A. DeCenzo, president of Coastal Carolina University; Dr. P. George Benson, president of College of Charleston; Dr. Raymond S. Greenberg, president of Medical University of South Carolina; John E. Frampton, executive director of S.C. Department of Natural Resources; Dr. George E. Cooper, president of S.C. State University; and Lt. General John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel.
Research Technology to be Deployed July 9 in Long Bay – Underwater
Vehicles will help scientists determine causes of "flounder jubilee"
(Release date July 2, 2008)
Contact: Susan Ferris Hill, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, (843) 817-6589
or Denise Sanger, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, (843) 513-0525
Charleston, S.C.— As part of an effort to understand the causes
of a low dissolved oxygen event that resulted in an exceptionally high
flounder catch in 2004, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, or AUVs, will
be deployed on July 9, 2008 in nearshore and offshore waters along the
Myrtle Beach area of Long Bay, South Carolina.
The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium is sponsoring a collaborative effort to
deploy two types undersea robots: the Pelagia Glider and the REMUS, an
acronym that stands for Remote Environmental Measuring UnitS. Both AUVs
have no connection to a ship and survey the ocean waters and seafloor
on their own. Participating in this effort are S.C. Sea Grant
Consortium researchers from the University of South Carolina and
Coastal Carolina University, along with researchers and co-sponsors
from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA)
Undersea Research Centers at the University of North
Carolina-Wilmington (UNCW) and Rutgers University and the UNCW Coastal
Ocean Research and Monitoring Program.
The Pelagia Glider will collect data offshore, such as dissolved
oxygen, temperature, turbidity, dissolved organic matter and
chlorophyll, in areas running perpendicular to Long Bay at depths of 49
feet to 328 feet. The REMUS, deployed in nearshore waters, will collect
data including dissolved oxygen, current speed and direction,
temperature and salinity. REMUS operates parallel and perpendicular to
the shoreline at depths of 10 feet to 66 feet. Both AUVs will move back
and forth between the surface of the water and the bottom of the ocean
floor in order to take measurements in the entire water column.
Data from the AUVs will complement a series of ongoing research
projects sponsored by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, S.C. Department of
Health and Environmental Control-Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource
Management and S.C. Department of Natural Resources which are
researching physical, biological, chemical and geological coastal ocean
processes in an effort to understand how coastal ocean processes and
upland influences, such as stormwater runoff, contribute to hypoxic
events. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to develop tools for use
in forecasting hypoxic events in the coastal ocean, and the results
will be of interest to coastal and fishery managers and local
The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, a university-based state agency, seeks
to enhance the practical use and conservation of South Carolina’s
coastal and marine resources to foster a sustainable economy and
environment. The Consortium is a member of the nationwide network of 31
Sea Grant Programs that are sanctioned through the NOAA National Sea
Grant College Program, U.S. Department of Commerce.
On the Web:
S.C. Sea Grant Consortium: www.scseagrant.org
Coastal Carolina University: www.coastal.edu
University of South Carolina: www.sc.edu
NOAA Undersea Research Center at UNC-Wilmington: www.uncw.edu/nurc Contact Lance Horn, N.C. operations director, (910) 962-2443
NOAA Undersea Research Center at Rutgers University: www.marine.rutgers.edu/nurp/mabnurc.html Contact Rose Petrecca, technical director, (609) 296-5260, ext. 238
UNCW Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program: www.cormp.org
S.C. Department of Natural Resources Apache Pier Cooperative Research Program: www.dnr.sc.gov/marine/coopresearch/apache
To track the Pelagia Glider on-line: www.uncw.edu/nurc/auv/pelagia
Information about Pelagia Glider: www.webbresearch.com/electric_glider.htm
Information about REMUS: www.hydroidinc.com
11th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration – Announcement and Call for Abstracts
(Release date June 30, 2008)
Contact: Susan Ferris Hill, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium,
(843) 953-2078, email@example.com
part of a global commitment to reviving degraded ecosystems, the 11th
International Conference on Shellfish Restoration (ICSR’08) will be
held November 19-22, 2008 in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A. The
conference will provide an opportunity for government officials,
resource managers, shellfish farmers, community stewards, historians
and anthropologists to exchange ideas and information to help restore
molluscan shellfish populations, improve water quality and the health
of coastal ecosystems and explore the history of shellfish in society.
highlighted theme for ICSR’08 is the role shellfish have played in the
development of society, ranging from the coastal tribal nations in the
U.S. to the Maori in New Zealand, and from the early settlers in
Brittany to Canada’s First Nations. This topic will be addressed by
several of the keynote presenters.
The conference also will
feature a series of invited keynote and panel presentations, case
studies and contributed oral and poster presentations. All sessions
will be presented in English and will focus on the following five
1. Shellfish Resource Restoration, Enhancement and Management
2. Shellfish Habitat Restoration, Enhancement and Management
3. Water Quality and Public Health Issues in Shellfish Restoration
4. Community-based Strategies to Restore Shellfish and its Habitat
5. Shellfish Restoration Projects – Lessons Learned
list of topics appropriate for the preparation of abstracts,
instructions and guidelines are provided on the ICSR’08 Web site.
Abstracts for all oral and poster presentations should be submitted
on-line by August 1, 2008.
For more information about abstract submittal or to register for the conference, visit www.scseagrant.org/Content/?cid=297.
National Rip Current Awareness Week June 1-7, 2008 – Break the Grip of the Rip®
(Release date May 15, 2008)
Contact: Susan Ferris Hill, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium,
(843) 953-2078, firstname.lastname@example.org or Clay McCoy, S.C. Sea Grant Extension Program, (843) 349-4012, email@example.com
Charleston, S.C.— With the summer vacation season here, the S.C.
Sea Grant Extension Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) and U.S. Lifesaving Association are alerting
beachgoers to the threat of rip currents and how to escape their strong
and potentially fatal grip. It is the focus of national Rip Current
Awareness Week, June 1-7, 2008.
Rip currents are narrow channels of fast-moving water that pull
swimmers away from the shore. Panicked swimmers try and often fail to
counter the current by swimming straight back to shore—putting
themselves at risk of drowning because of fatigue. If caught in a rip
current, don’t fight it—swim parallel to the shore and back to land at
an angle. Rip currents account for more than 80 percent of rescues
performed by lifeguards, totaling tens of thousands of people in the
U.S. every year. An estimated 100 people are killed by rip currents
NOAA’s National Weather Service provides rip current forecasts.
Forecast offices that serve coastal areas issue Surf Zone Forecasts
with rip current outlooks when rip currents are a threat. These are
available online, through the media and are broadcast over NOAA Weather
Radio All Hazards.
Beachgoers are advised to check the latest forecast
before going into the water and know how to escape a rip current’s
grip. Rip currents are prevalent along the South Carolina coast, and
rip current education is critical to every swimmer and especially those
who visit the beach infrequently and may be unfamiliar with this
leading swimming hazard.
“Swimmers should know how to identify and escape rip currents and swim
near a lifeguard whenever possible,” advises Clay McCoy, coastal
processes specialist for the S.C. Sea Grant Extension Program.
In cooperation with local municipalities, this
summer McCoy will be placing 100 rip current signs at beach access
points from North Myrtle Beach to Folly Beach. The signs will educate
beachgoers on how to escape if they are caught in a rip current. For
more information about rip currents and the rip current sign program,
contact Clay McCoy at (843) 349-4012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the Web:
NOAA rip current information: http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov
NOAA National Weather Service, rip current safety: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ripcurrents/forecasts.shtml
S.C. Sea Grant Extension Program: http://www.scseagrant.org/Extension
Break the Grip of the Rip® is a registered trademark of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Richard Porcher, Jr., Wins 2007 Environmental Awareness Award
(Release date March 17, 2008)
Contact: Susan Ferris Hill, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, (843) 953-2078, or email@example.com
Charleston, S.C.—Richard Porcher, Jr., Ph.D., has been named the winner of the 2007 South Carolina Environmental Awareness Award.
emeritus professor of botany at The Citadel, Porcher is the author of
several books, including A Guide to Wildflowers in South Carolina, and
more than 30 scientific papers. He has spent his adult life
researching, cataloguing, preserving, and promoting the unique natural
areas and special botanical treasures of South Carolina. Dr. Porcher
has also documented the histories of Sea Island cotton and Carolina
Gold rice industries in the state. He has served as scientific advisor
to The Nature Conservancy, South Carolina Heritage Trust Advisory
Board, Francis Marion National Forest, S.C. Department of
Transportation, Department of Defense, and other agencies and
The S.C. General Assembly established the S.C. Environmental Awareness Award
1992 to recognize outstanding contributions toward the protection,
conservation, and improvement of South Carolina’s natural resources.
The award is sponsored by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, S.C.
Department of Health and Environmental Control, S.C. Department of
Natural Resources, and S.C. Forestry Commission.
Regional Ocean Observation Association Elects Executive Committee
(Release date February 8, 2008)
Contact: Susan Ferris Hill, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium,
(843) 953-2078, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Charleston, S.C.—The Board of Directors of
the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA)
elected its five-member Executive Committee. SECOORA coordinates ocean
observation activities in the Southeast region, ensuring that end-user
needs are met.
The Executive Committee’s chair is M. Richard DeVoe,
executive director of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium in Charleston, S.C.
The vice-chair is Harvey E. Seim, an associate professor of physical
oceanography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the
secretary is Richard Dodge, dean of the Nova Southeastern University
Oceanographic Center in Dania Beach, Fla. Kim L. Cavendish, president
of the Museum of Discovery and Science in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., was
elected treasurer and the at-large member is Mitchell A. Roffer,
founder and president of Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service,
Inc., in West Melbourne, Fla. Executive Committee members serve a
two-year term, and elections to the Executive Committee are held
SECOORA is one of 11 regional associations in the
U.S. established in support of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing
System (IOOS). Through its network of ocean observation systems, IOOS
systematically acquires and disseminates data and information on the
past, present and future status of the ocean and U.S. coastal waters.
Regional associations, such as SECOORA, link these ocean observation
systems and make data accessible to state and federal agencies,
scientists, the private sector and the public. SECOORA coordinates
observations activity from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and
Florida. SECOORA data collection and distribution efforts are focused
on improving safe and efficient marine operations, maintaining healthy
marine ecosystems and predicting and mitigating coastal hazards.
For more information about SECOORA, visit www.secoora.org. To learn more about IOOS and regional associations, visit ioos.noaa.gov.
S.C. Coastal Information Network Web Portal Launched
(Release date January 22, 2008)
Contact: Samantha Bruce, S.C. Sea Grant Extension Program,
(843) 953-2078, or email@example.com
Charleston, S.C.—The S.C. Coastal Information Network announces the launch of a new Web portal, www.sccoastalinfo.org.
The user-friendly Web site is a one-stop information resource for
workshops, presentations and specialized training opportunities
available to coastal decision-makers, community planners and local
officials. The calendar-based portal allows users to search for events
by date, topic, location and target audience. The Web site also lists
community events in coastal South Carolina and has downloadable
educational resources that can be searched by keyword or category.
Categories of events include beach management, resource conservation,
climate change and coastal development. The Web site will continue to
be enhanced to meet the needs of coastal decision-makers.
S.C. Coastal Information Network was formed in 2006 to enhance
coordination of coastal community outreach efforts in South Carolina.
The Network consists of outreach personnel from state and federal
agencies, universities, councils of governments and sustainable
development organizations. Partners include the S.C. Sea Grant
Consortium, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
(SCDHEC) – SCDHEC Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management and
SCDHEC Bureau of Water, S.C. Department of Natural Resources – ACE
Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve and North Inlet-Winyah Bay
National Estuarine Research Reserve, Clemson University Cooperative
Extension Service, Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of
Governments, Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments, Urban Land
Institute of South Carolina, S.C. Department of Archives and History
and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – NOAA
Coastal Services Center and NOAA Hollings Marine Laboratory.
more information about the S.C. Coastal Information Network or the Web
portal, contact Samantha Bruce, S.C. Sea Grant Extension Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (843) 953-2078.