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CoastalScience@Work E-Newsletter – issue #10 ARCHIVED

Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant South Carolina
CoastalScience@Work: Update from S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

In This Issue:

Rick DeVoe, Executive Director of S.C. Sea Grant ConsortiumMessage from the Director
On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, I wish you, your families, and your friends the very best in the New Year! We have a number of new and continuing coastal and ocean research, education, and outreach efforts scheduled for the upcoming year, many of which will be featured in CoastalScience@Work. Please feel free to share this e-newsletter with colleagues and friends who you think would be interested in our efforts. And if you have any suggestions for how we can improve this product, please let me know. Thank you for your continued support of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.

--Rick DeVoe, Executive Director.

David A. DeCenzo, Ph.D., Board Chair of S.C. Sea Grant ConsortiumCCU President DeCenzo Re-Elected as Board Chair of S.C. Sea Grant Consortium
David A. DeCenzo, Ph.D., President of Coastal Carolina University, has been re-elected for another year as Chair of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium's Board of Directors, beginning January 1, 2014. "I look forward to serving another term as Chairman of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium," said DeCenzo. "The Consortium's work is important to our state, and it is a pleasure to work with such an impressive board and outstanding staff." To learn more about Dr. DeCenzo's background and accomplishments, please visit the News section of the Consortium's website.

Growing Higher-Value Oysters in S.C.Growing Higher-Value Oysters in S.C.      
Living Marine Resources Extension Specialist Julie Davis and her colleagues are currently researching the potential to produce single oysters for the premium half-shell market using off-bottom methods. Off-bottom oyster farming involves raising oysters in cages which are elevated off the seafloor, and may include the use of suspended or floating cages. Elevating oysters above the muddy seafloor allows them to feed more efficiently and, in turn, grow faster. A major challenge to producing premium single oysters in South Carolina is controlling "overset," a problem that exists due to the naturally high abundance of oyster spat and other organisms, such as barnacles, in the water. In collaboration with industry partners, the research team is raising oysters in floating cages at farms in Beaufort and McClellanville. Shellfish farming using off-bottom methods has the potential to consistently produce marketable oysters sought by local chefs and seafood outlets. It also presents an entrepreneurial opportunity for people living on the coast, including those already involved in shellfish production. For more information about this study or other fisheries- and aquaculture-related projects, contact Julie Davis at (843) 255-6060 ext. 112.

2013 environmental awareness award nominations2013 S.C. Environmental Awareness Award Call for Nominations
The state of South Carolina is seeking nominations for the award that recognizes individuals who are doing extraordinary work for the natural environment. Nominations will be accepted through January 31, 2014. The S.C. General Assembly established the Environmental Awareness Award during the 1992 legislative session to recognize outstanding contributions made toward the protection, conservation, and improvement of South Carolina's natural resources. Members of the awards committee represent the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, S.C. Department of Natural Resources, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, and S.C. Forestry Commission. A link to the nomination guidelines and application form is available on the Consortium's website or by contacting Vivianne Vejdani at (803) 734-4199.

Upcoming Event: Southeastern Estuarine Research Society, February 13-15, 2014, Savannah, GA.

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Last updated: 4/23/2014 12:55:40 PM
CoastalScience@Work E-Newsletter – issue #10 ARCHIVED


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