The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2024 class of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program. The 85 early-career professionals selected will be placed in federal government offices throughout Washington, D.C., and join the over 1,600 individuals who have participated in the program since its inception in 1979.
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Florida Sea Grant’s Extension and Research Help Florida’s Artificial Reef Program Generate $3.1 Billion in Economic Activity
In addition to offering habitat to fish, artificial reefs improve fishing opportunities and create new scuba diving destinations. Photo credit: Florida Sea Grant Florida Sea
Florida Sea Grant’s Coastal Planning Program and local partners advance resilience planning in east Central Florida
In 2011, the Florida Sea Grant Coastal Planning Program began working with the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council and City of Satellite Beach. This
Florida Sea Grant’s Legal Program assists coastal communities in developing strategies for managing recreational uses in popular near-shore waters critical to manatees and sea turtles
In partnership with the University of Florida Conservation Clinic, an experiential learning program for students in the Levin College of Law, Florida Sea Grant established
Two Florida Sea Grant agents are developing water quality monitoring projects in South Florida that enlist residents and volunteers on the front lines of citizen science.
Florida Sea Grant agent, Maia McGuire, receives NOAA grant to raise awareness about tiny pieces of plastic that are causing a big problem in Florida waters.
Florida Sea Grant's aquaculture specialist has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the US Aquaculture Society following years of work supporting fishers in the growing clam farming industry.
Online Resource Guide for Florida Shellfish Aquaculture: Florida Clam Farm Environmental Benefits Calculator
The Clam Farm Benefit Calculator allows Florida clam growers to make a simple estimation of the environmental benefits their farms provide annually to coastal waters.
The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012: A Flowchart to Help Property Owners Understand Possible Rate Increases
This site provides answers for homeowners regarding flood insurance costs, purchasing flood insurance and ways to reduce insurance premiums.
Feeling the squeeze: Florida Sea Grant provides multiple tools to help coastal communities balance competing demands for water access
Is there room on the water for everybody? If coastal communities are to remain sustainable, residents, visitors, policy makers, and regulators need new methods and information sources to harmonize the growing demand for access to their beaches and waterways. Researchers and extension specialists at Florida Sea Grant are making that challenge a priority.
In 2007 Dennis Hwang and Darren K. Okimoto of the University of Hawai'i Sea Grant co-authored a community specific Homeowner's Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards. The handbook targets the average homeowner and essentially does as much homework for the homeowner as possible in order for a homeowner to prepare for natural disasters. Since 2007, the Hawai'i Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards has gone through 8 print runs with over 65,000 copies. The handbook has been adapted by 7 other Sea Grant programs.
Due to the incredible sucess of the Coastal Resilience Index, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant is working with several partners to pilot test the Fisheries Resilience Index and the Tourism Resilience Index. The Fisheries Index focuses on indicators important to commercial and recreational fishermen, seafood processors and marina owners. The Tourism Index addresses 10 categories, including communications, marketing, disaster operations and workforce issues.
Florida Sea Grant researcher Daniel Benetti is currently assessing the environmental impacts of open-ocean aquaculture on the marine ecosystem with funding from a National Sea Grant aquaculture research initiative grant.
Dennis Hwang, Coastal Hazard Mitigation Specialist at University of Hawai’i Sea Grant developed the Hawai’i Coastal Hazard Mitigation Guidebook to address the lack of widely publicized, reliable guidance for building along the coast to reduce vulnerability. Due to the wide spread popularity, 7 states across the country developed similar books specific to their community.
You can now count middle and high school students among the growing list of Floridians learning about aquaculture, a relatively new industry that already generates more than $70 million in farm-gate income annually.