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Paul C. Focazio, Assistant Communicator
New York Sea Grant
115 Discovery Hall
SUNY at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5001
Phone: 631-632-6910
Fax: 631-632-6917
E-mail: Paul.Focazio@stonybrook.edu
Internet: http://www.seagrant.sunysb.edu

New York Sea Grant- 30 Years of "Bringing Science to the Shore"

NYSG@30: Coming Ashore Online
New York's Sea Grant program celebrates three decades of statewide coastal
research and education service with some major lobster research news, WWWeb
recognition, and more

STONY BROOK, February 12, 2001- New York Sea Grant is celebrating its 30th
anniversary of "Bringing Science to the Shore" with an entirely new
award-winning online appearance and a year of buzz-worthy research and
educational endeavors. NYSG was established in 1971 under the umbrella of
the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) as a cooperative program of
the State University of New York and Cornell University.

Online Accolades: NYSG Named GLIN's "Site of the Month" in February

Re-launched late last year, NYSG's newly streamlined space on the World
Wide Web (www.seagrant.sunysb.edu) was recently named "Web site of the
Month" by the Great Lakes Information Network for this month. The site
emphasizes the program's strong presence statewide, which currently spans a
total of ten offices located near Lakes Ontario, Erie and Champlain as well
as the Hudson River and New York City as well as on Long Island.

"In short, we think New York Sea Grant's site is a wonderful resource for
information on some important Great Lakes research and education programs,"
says GLIN Webmaster Christine Manninen. Adds NYSG Director Jack Mattice,
"This recognition affords Sea Grant the opportunity to highlight our
efforts and initiatives in research, extension and education to the larger
Great Lakes regional audience."

Designed and maintained by NYSG's Assistant Communicator, Paul C. Focazio,
the Sea Grant Web site for New York is currently the spotlight attraction
on GLIN's website, <www.great-lakes.net>."My goal in cultivating the Sea
Grant website redesign was to integrate fresh concepts and color schemes
that would best reflect the program's integration and unification," says

The "hit" factor of GLIN

A Great Lakes Commission project, the Great Lakes Information Network is a
gateway to the Great Lakes region in terms of data and services covering,
among other things, the environment, economy, tourism, education, history,
demographics. "This honor has a lot of merit because this is an important
and popular network that receives millions of hits per month," says NYSG
Communicator Barbara Branca. Recognized by the New York Times last month as
a "provider of an excellent collection of information," GLIN has been
growing ever since its 1993 website launch, currently averaging more than 2
million visitor "hits" per month.

2001: A Sea Grant Odyssey
Meetings and announcements this quarter for hard clam, LI Sound lobster,
brown tide research initiatives, and more

In this year's first quarter, New York Sea Grant is scheduled to announce
the current status of several of its research-based initiatives? Long
Island Sound lobsters, the Island's south shore hard clam population
dynamics, and brown tide.

Early next month, the program will host the Fourth Annual Brown Tide
Research Initiative (BTRI) Symposium, including a half-day public session
on March 10 at LIU at Southampton College. In an attempt to better
understand and help "solve" brown tide, BTRI Outreach Specialist Patrick
Dooley says, "the half-day symposium will update the public and other
interested parties about the progress of the BTRI program and other brown
tide related efforts from agencies such as Suffolk County and the Peconic
Estuary Program."

To date, $3 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration's (NOAA) Coastal Ocean Program has been administered by NYSG
for BTRI, a multi-year program designed to coordinate and support a suite
of necessary next-step brown tide research efforts.

Also next month, look for the naming of projects being funded under the
Hard Clam Research Initiative, which NYSG administers. According to the
NYSG's Assistant Director Cornelia Schlenk, nearly $600,000 has been
earmarked for research to determine what can best be done to increase hard
clam populations that are currently limited by undetermined conditions in
Long Island's south shore bays. NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service
(NMFS) provided initial funds for the Initiative, with additional
contributors including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the
South Shore Estuary Reserve Program and NYSG.

Up at our SUNY Plattsburgh office, Aquatic Resource Specialist Mark
Malchoff will conduct a hydroacoustics workshop on March 21 for the
$427,000 Lake Champlain Sea Grant Project (LCSGP), which NYSG administers.
Having announced this event as a part of a new suite of research and
educational endeavors last December, Malchoff says the meeting's aim is to
assist researchers and agency biologists studying the lake's smelt
populations. "Smelt form the dietary foundation for lake trout and
landlocked Atlantic Salmon, so any data gathered as a result of this event
will help fisheries managers adjust trout and salmon stocking levels so the
fish don't eat themselves out of house and home."  For more recent project
information, see LCSGP's "Publications and News Releases" section online: <

Finally, the close of 2001's first quarter will bring announcement of
research projects jointly-funded under the $3.5 million Long Island Sound
Lobster Initiative, an endeavor of Sea Grant programs in New York and
Connecticut along with the Connecticut Department of Environmental
Protection. Other organizations that are involved in this collaborative
effort are NMFS, NSGCP, the New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation, representatives of Long Island Sound lobster fishers
organizations and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

The federal and state funds will be awarded from last fall/winter's
national competition of research projects to investigate the causes of
mortality and shell disease syndrome in Long Island Sound lobsters. "This
effort promises to be an excellent example of federal-state
collaborations," says NYSG Director Jack Mattice. "Our hope is that the
initiative's soon-to-be declared research projects will provide evidence to
select among the many potential causes of the 1999-2000 lobster
mortalities." For more information about the Long Island Sound Lobster
Initiative, surf over to: <

Sea Grant's Future Success: A "Shore" Thing

Throughout the remainder of the year, New York Sea Grant will produce
special retrospective editions of its newsletter, Coastlines, beginning
with its late winter issue slated for release later this month. In
addition, several of the program's specialists will help plan some
high-profile educational events? including this spring's fifth installment
of Great Lakes Underwater in Oswego, May's Great Lakes Student Summit at
SUNY Buffalo and, in June, the assembly of the New York State Marine
Educators Association at LIU/Southampton. Also in June, Southwick Beach
State Park will be host to this year's "Dune Fest," an annual reminder of
the integral part that Lake Ontario's eastern shore sand dunes play in
their surrounding coastal barrier environment.

Now in its fourth decade of service, New York Sea Grant focuses the talents
of university scientists and extension specialists on research and the
transfer of science-based information to a great variety of coastal user
groups? businesses and industry, federal, state and local government
decision-makers and managers, educators, the media and the interested
public. It is one in a national network of 30 university-based programs
dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of the United States'
coastal, ocean and Great Lakes resources. The National Sea Grant Network is
a partnership of participating coastal states, private industry, and the
NSGCP, NOAA and U.S. Department of Commerce.

While visiting us online, be sure to surf our "News and Announcements" page
for the latest news? including the lowdown on a new set of Long Island
Sound Lobster Initiative one-pagers and details on this month's water
quality meetings, fact sheet series and web-related efforts for Long
Island's north shore of Nassau County.

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