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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

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.

Underwater Ocean 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 communities.

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:

Coastal Carolina University:

University of South Carolina:

NOAA Undersea Research Center at UNC-Wilmington:  Contact Lance Horn, N.C. operations director, (910) 962-2443

NOAA Undersea Research Center at Rutgers University:  Contact Rose Petrecca, technical director, (609) 296-5260, ext. 238

UNCW Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program:

S.C. Department of Natural Resources Apache Pier Cooperative Research Program:

To track the Pelagia Glider on-line:

Information about Pelagia Glider:

Information about REMUS:

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,

Charleston, S.C.—As 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.

The 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 program themes:

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

A 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

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,
  or Clay McCoy, S.C. Sea Grant Extension Program, (843) 349-4012,

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 annually.

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

On the Web:

NOAA rip current information:

NOAA National Weather Service, rip current safety:

S.C. Sea Grant Extension Program:

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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

Charleston, S.C.—Richard Porcher, Jr., Ph.D., has been named the winner of the 2007 South Carolina Environmental Awareness Award.

An 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 organizations.
The S.C. General Assembly established the S.C. Environmental Awareness Award
in 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

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 annually.

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 To learn more about IOOS and regional associations, visit

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                                

Charleston, S.C.—The S.C. Coastal Information Network announces the launch of a new Web portal, 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.

The 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.

For more information about the S.C. Coastal Information Network or the Web portal, contact Samantha Bruce, S.C. Sea Grant Extension Program, at or (843) 953-2078.

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