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CoastalScience@Work E-Newsletter – Issue #7 ARCHIVED

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


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Rick DeVoeMessage from the Director
Happy New Year! And welcome to the first 2013 issue of CoastalScience@Work, our electronic publication that informs interested readers about current activities and news from the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and its diverse collaborators, partners, and constituencies. Please feel free to share this e-newsletter with others who you think would be interested in coastal and ocean issues and efforts of the Consortium. And if you have any suggestions for how we can improve CoastalScience@Work, please let me know.

U.S. Capitol
Knauss Fellowship Students Selected
Two South Carolina graduate students were recently selected as Knauss executive fellows in the 2013 class of the prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. Nominated by the Consortium, the students were among 49 selected from a nationwide pool of over 100 candidates.
Leah Fisher recently completed a M.S. in marine biology from the College of Charleston, and she will serve at the NOAA National Ocean Service's Policy, Planning, and Analysis Division. Elizabeth Fly completed a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of South Carolina, and she will serve at the NOAA Oceanic and Atmospheric Research's Climate Program Office. Both will be based in the Washington, D.C. area.
For more information about the Knauss fellowship and other opportunities for college students, visit the Fellowship section of the Consortium's website.

Triploid OystersResearchers Developing Enhanced Shellfish Product               
Scientists at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources are studying the performance of a triploid oyster, which has an extra set of chromosomes compared to the local diploid oyster. This extra set of chromosomes allows the oyster to spend more energy on tissue growth rather than reproduction, and the outcome is improved meat quality and superior growth.
Researchers are working with several commercial shellfish growers, who are successfully cultivating the triploids into a high-quality shellfish product that is popular with existing customers and at farmers' markets. To learn more about this project, visit the Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture section on the Consortium's website.

septic systemsSeptic System Replacements and Repairs Improving Water Quality
The Charleston Soil and Water Conservation District and partners, based on information provided by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, recently installed 62 replacement septic systems and repaired four systems in the Sewee to Santee priority watershed. Sites for the repair and replacement of septic systems were focused in areas with underprivileged households, mainly in the towns of McClellanville and Awendaw, S.C.
Eliminating septic system backups in the household or sewage outbreaks in the yard reduced the amount of fecal coliform bacteria going into waterways, helping to improve water quality and contributing to the re-opening of 883 acres of shellfish harvesting beds near McClellanville.
This project was funded by the Environmental Protection Agency's Section 319 grant program for non-point source pollution management. To view the complete project report, visit the Coastal Growth Publications section of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium website.

Upcoming Event: Challenges of Natural Resource Economics and Policy, March 24-26, 2013, New Orleans, LA

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From 2002-2012, the Consortium has secured over $46,856,000 in non-state competitive funding on a state investment of ~$4,454,000 -- a 1,052% return to the state.

Last updated: 1/27/2015 10:30:15 AM
CoastalScience@Work E-Newsletter – Issue #7 ARCHIVED


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