Thursday, February 11, 2016

National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grants (USA)

More than $20 million will help fund 28 projects in 12 coastal states to protect, restore or enhance more than 10,000 acres of coastal wetlands and adjacent upland habitats under the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program.

State and local governments, private landowners, conservation groups, and other partners will contribute over $20 million in additional funds to these projects, which acquire, restore or enhance coastal wetlands and adjacent uplands to provide long-term conservation benefits to fish and wildlife and their habitats.

“The Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coastal Wetlands Grants provide critical funding in the effort to protect some of our most fragile and at-risk wildlife habitats, said Service Director Dan Ashe. “With rising ocean levels eating away at coastal wetlands from one side and development claiming more and more acres on the other, our coastal wetlands are being squeezed into an ever thinner sliver of land. Never before has it been so important to protect these places.”

States and territories receiving funds are California, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington.

More information is available at:

http://www.fws.gov/coastal/CoastalGrants/index.html.

source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Monday, January 25, 2016

2016 Shape of the Coast

The 2016 Shape of the Coast is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 12, at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. This event is part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Law Festival of Legal Learning.

The coastal session is co-sponsored by the N.C. Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center; North Carolina Sea Grant; and the UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Law.

The program for the State of the Coast will include updates from the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission, the legislature and the court.

"This year’s program includes a set of timely and robust coastal law topics. Participants will learn how attorneys can most effectively work with scientists as expert witnesses, and about recent and ongoing litigation related to our public trust beaches," notes Lisa Schiavinato, center co-director and Sea Grant coastal law, policy and community development specialist.

"Whether you’re an attorney, business owner, scientist, regulator or policymaker, you’ll have a chance to learn about coastal law issues that are relevant to you as a professional."

To register, visit www.law.unc.edu/cle/festival.

source: North Carolina Sea Grant

Monday, January 18, 2016

Delaware Wetlands Conference 2016

Delaware Wetlands Conference
February, 3-4, 2016
Chase Center
Wilmington, DE

Delaware's DNREC will host the 2016 Delaware Wetland Conference which focuses on advancing wetland science and conservation through its theme “Educate, Connect, Protect.”

One of the largest gatherings of wetlands professionals on the Atlantic Coast, the conference takes place Feb. 3 and 4 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. This year's agenda includes two full days of presenting and sharing wetlands expertise.

The conference brings together nearly 300 wetlands professionals, students and environmental policy makers. They will take advantage of 43 diverse presentations, along with interactive workshops, abundant networking opportunities and an exhibition hall with nearly two dozen displays showcasing programs and products available to attendees.

DNREC’s Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program and the Coastal Training Program organized the conference.

Registration closes Jan. 27. Interested parties can access online registration and the conference agenda at http://de.gov/dewetlandsconference. Interested parties may register for one or both days.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Mississippi Red Tides 2015

Along the Mississippi Coast, unusual red tides (harmful algae blooms) are affecting commercial fishing, outdoor recreation, and other activities.

In December, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, issued a preemptive closure for all beach segments along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

In addition, officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) closed oyster reefs. The decision was made as a precautionary measure due to the proximity of potentially harmful algae blooms in the Mississippi Sound.

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has information for the public about harmful algal blooms, or red tide, on its website, dmr.ms.gov.

source: Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

Sunday, November 29, 2015

South Carolina Shark Tagging

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists recently deployed a satellite transmitter on a 12-foot, 4-inch tiger shark in Port Royal Sound.

The large female, nicknamed "Harry-Ette" is the latest tiger shark to be tagged by a collaborative project that is studying the importance of South Carolina waters to tiger sharks.

Efforts to better understand tiger sharks in the Atlantic Ocean have been complicated by a lack of data. Until recently, researchers knew little about the tiger shark’s life history, when and where they migrate, and how they use different habitats, especially the coastal waters of the southeastern United States.

Harry-Ette is the twelfth tiger shark fitted with a satellite transmitter off the South Carolina coast in a joint effort between DNR, nonprofit research organization OCEARCH, the College of Charleston, and Captain Chip Michalove of Outcast Charters in Hilton Head.

The project crew has tagged 27 tiger sharks in total, although only twelve have been fitted with satellite tags. All 27 sharks were tagged in Port Royal and St. Helena Sounds.

The recent capture of Harry-Ette as well as another mature female tiger, both with fresh mating wounds, leads scientists to believe that Port Royal Sound and South Carolina nearshore waters are likely important to the reproductive cycles of tiger sharks.

Shark enthusiasts can track tiger sharks tagged in South Carolina by accessing OCEARCH's near-real time, free online Global Shark Tracker or by downloading the Global Shark Tracker App available for Apple and Android platforms.

source: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Popular Boaters Gifts

This article lists popular gifts for boaters and other mariners. Boating themed gifts are appropriate for birthdays, Father's Day, Christmas, retirement, holiday, and other occasions.

Gift ideas for boaters include boating tutorials, classic movies, books, magazines, calendars, prints, stickers, ornaments, coffee mugs, hats, t shirts, sweatshirts, electronics, safety equipment, and other items.

A personal flotation device can be a practical gift for boaters. Also called PFDs, life jackets, or life preservers, personal flotation devices are neccessary for fishing, sailing, power boating, kayaking, and other recreational water sports. The U.S. Coast Guard has specific requirements regarding personal flotation devices. 

Boating apparel is always popular with boaters. Specialized boating apparel includes t shirts, sweatshirts, button-up shirts, hats, and other gear.

While in port, boaters often enjoy apparel that is adorned with nautical images. Nautical prints depict anchors, compass roses, fish, birds, marine mammals, fishing boats, sailboats, lighthouses, famous ports, and other nautical icons.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (USFWS)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently released its Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA).

The report evaluates the effects of climate change, sea level rise, and urbanization on four Gulf Coast ecosystems and 11 species that depend on them.

The ecosystems are mangrove, oyster reef, tidal emergent marsh and barrier islands. The species are roseate spoonbill, blue crab, clapper rail, mottled duck, spotted seatrout, eastern oyster, American oystercatcher, red drum, black skimmer, Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, and Wilson’s plover.

The GCVA was initiated by four Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) that cover the Gulf of Mexico: Gulf Coast Prairie, Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks, South Atlantic, and Peninsular Florida.

To learn more about the GCVA visit: http://gulfcoastprairielcc.org/science/science-projects/gulf-coast-vulnerability-assessment/.

source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service