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CoastalScience@Work E-Newsletter – issue #13 ARCHIVED

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CoastalScience@Work: Update from S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

In This Issue:

S.C. Sea Grant board chair, Col. Alvin A. TaylorSCDNR Director Elected Board Chair
Col. Alvin A. Taylor, director of S.C. Department of Natural Resources, has been elected chair of S.C. Sea Grant Consortium's Board of Directors. Taylor began his one-year term on January 1, 2015. "I look forward to my term as chairman of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium," said Taylor. "The Consortium's work is important to our state, and it is a pleasure to work with such an impressive board and outstanding staff."

Taylor serves as the chief administrator for natural resources in the state with a staff of over 900 in numerous locations across South Carolina. He graduated from Clemson University in 1976 with a B.S. in zoology. He completed training at the U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Training Center in Yorktown, Va., in 1976 and graduated from the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy in 1977.

Visit the News section of the Consortium's website to read the full press release.

S.C. Consortium received funding to Assess Areas of S.C. Coast for Wind Energy DevelopmentConsortium Received Funding to Assess Areas of S.C. Coast for Wind Energy Development
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, awarded the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium $750,000 to support scientists and staff at Coastal Carolina University, University of South Carolina, and the College of Charleston to conduct geophysical mapping and paleolandscape and shipwreck identification studies off the northern coast of South Carolina. The purpose of this research is to generate information that will be useful in assessing potential locations for future wind energy development efforts. The Consortium will manage and administer the program in concert with the S.C. Energy Office.

Contact Rick DeVoe at (843) 953-2078 for more information about the research being undertaken. (Coastal Explorer photo credit: Coastal Carolina University)

S.C. Consortium Awarded NOAA Grant to Remove Marine DebrisConsortium Awarded NOAA Grant to Remove Marine Debris
The NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service provided $143,344 in funding for the proposal "Using Community-Based Initiatives for Marine Debris Removal and Restoration of Essential Fish Habitats in the Charleston Harbor Watershed." The grant will allow for the removal of 13 derelict vessels from the watershed, and engage community organizations and volunteers to identify and remove large-scale marine debris in Charleston County through three Clean Marine events. These cleanups are scheduled for spring 2015, fall 2015, and spring 2016. The Consortium is partnering with S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management to assist with both the vessel removal and litter cleanups.

For more information, contact EV Bell at (843) 953-2085 or visit the Education section of the Consortium's website where details will be posted as soon as they are available. (Photo credit: SCDNR)

S.C. Consortium Awarded EPA Grant to Expand "From Seeds to Shoreline"Consortium Awarded EPA Grant to Expand “From Seeds to Shoreline”
The EPA Office of Environmental Education provided $78,564 in funding to expand the successful "From Seeds to Shoreline" (S2S) program initiated by the Consortium in 2012. S2S is a student-driven salt-marsh restoration education effort. The Consortium's marine educator, EV Bell, and staff from partnering agencies S.C. Department of Natural Resources and Clemson University will offer the program throughout South Carolina and train employees at informal science education centers on how to implement S2S by working with local schools in their area. Ultimately, S2S will be expanded to North Carolina and Georgia through the states' Sea Grant programs and National Estuarine Research Reserves.

Contact EV Bell at (843) 953-2085 or visit the News section of the Consortium's website for more information.

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Upcoming Event: Southeastern Estuarine Research Society March 12-14, 2015, Jacksonville, FL.

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Did You Know?
Since 1984, the Consortium placed 43 South Carolina graduate students in the highly competitive John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.

Last updated: 2/11/2016 2:30:01 PM
CoastalScience@Work E-Newsletter – issue #13 ARCHIVED


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