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SEA GRANT NEWS & NOTES FOR September 16, 2002

Editor's Note: Sea Grant News & Notes is a twice monthly story idea tip
sheet from NOAA's National Sea Grant College Program containing brief
news items, with contact information, about marine and coastal science
research and outreach activities from around the United States.  For
additional information please contact Ben Sherman, Sea Grant Media
Relations at sherman@nasw.org , or by phone at 202-662-7095. Thank you.

Sea Grant Research News:
 Growth Hormone Could Make Farm Fish Bigger, Faster To Market

Sea Grant Partnering for Coastal Cleanup Day, Saturday, September 21

Sea Grant Web Spotlight: "Notes from the Field 2002:  Underwater
Archaeologists in Action,"

Sea Grant Calendar Spotlight: National Clean Marina Workshop, Sept. 25 -
27, 2002 Mystic, CT

Growth Hormone Could Make Farm Fish Bigger, Faster To Market
Synthetic growth hormones could shorten the growth time needed for
farm-raised fish to reach market size.  In research led by Connecticut
Sea Grant scientist Thomas Chen, transgenics, or the technique of
transferring DNA from one species to another, has showed promise as a
method for stimulating growth hormone production.  Using rainbow trout
and tilapia, Chen is testing a synthetic protein to determine whether it
can stimulate growth hormone production the same way a natural protein

Early results are promising.  When Chen and his team transferred the
rainbow trout growth hormone gene into common seafood species like carp,
catfish and tilapia, the altered fish grew 60 to 600 percent larger.
Chen also found that the application of a synthetic growth
hormone-releasing peptide was successful, suggesting that the peptide,
as well as the hormone itself, can stimulate growth.  More studies are
underway to confirm the hypothesis.  The researchers are further working
to find a peptide that will protect farm-raised rainbow trout and other
seafood from disease, which often plagues aquaculture operations.  If
successful, transgenic fish may one day reach commercial aquaculture
facilities and reduce both the amount of time and feed needed to grow
fish to market size.
CONTACT:  Thomas Chen, Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology,
University of Connecticut, (O) 860-486-5012, Email:

Clean America's Beaches Set For Saturday, September 21
Sea Grant programs around the nation have partnered with other community
groups to be a vital part of "International Coastal Cleanup Day," which
is set for Saturday, September 21 and is coordinated nationally by the
Ocean Conservancy.

Each year, millions of tons of trash wash up onto America's coasts.
Much of the trash consists of regular household waste- bottles, cans,
cigarette butts, balloons and fishing line.  This coastal debris is
dangerous to coastal wildlife, threatens water quality and reduces safe
recreational use of our shores and waterways.

Sea Grant has helped coordinate and sponsor coastal cleanup efforts for
several years.  Residents of New Hampshire, Minnesota, South Carolina,
Hawaii, Florida, Rhode Island and New York can join their state Sea
Grant programs in clearing trash from local beaches.  With the exception
of New Hampshire, which held its clean-up last week, the cleanups will
take place this Saturday from 9 am to noon local time.

Here are brief state highlights and contact information:

"Keep Miami and South Florida Beautiful" In South Florida, participants
can clean one of several area beaches.  The cleanup is co-sponsored by
Florida Sea Grant.  At the Bear Cut site in Key Biscayne, "Dr. Beach"
Stephen Leatherman, a world-renowned authority on beaches and coastal
management, will be available to discuss beach cleanup efforts with the
media. For more information, visit Keep Miami Beautiful at
CONTACT:  Marella Crane, Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent, (O)
305-361-4017, Email: mgcrane@mail.ifas.ufl.edu; Stephen Leatherman, (O)

Hawaii's "Get the Drift and Bag It!" In Hawaii, derelict fishing gear
hurts more than marine mammals.  It also severely impacts marine
ecosystems by abrading reef corals as wave motion scrubs the gear and
broken coral heads back and forth over fragile reefs.  Christine
Woolaway, Hawaii Sea Grant Coastal Recreation & Tourism Extension Agent,
coordinates the yearly cleanup, as well as a multi-agency, collaborative
effort to collect derelict fishing gear, track its source and better
understand the problem of marine debris throughout the Pacific.
For more information, visit:
CONTACT:  Christine Woolaway, Hawaii Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and
Tourism Extension Agent, (O) 808-956-2872, Email:  woolaway@Hawaii.edu

Minnesota - Lake Superior: Co-sponsored by Minnesota Sea Grant, the
Great Lakes Beach Sweep takes place in several locations around the
lake. For more information, visit the Great Lakes Aquarium website at
CONTACT:  Jay Sandahl, Great Lakes Aquarium Education Coordinator, (O)
218-740-3474 ext. 1038, Email:  education@glaquarium.org

New York State - Long Island Sound to The Great Lakes   The state's two
coasts offer plenty of room for participants to pick up garbage, learn
about marine pollution and find out how to solve the problem of floating
debris.  Upstate participants in the Buffalo area will include students
from SUNY Buffalo, who will focus on the campus's Lake LaSalle and
nearby creek as part of the Great Lakes Beach Sweep.  Helen Domske, New
York Sea Grant Coastal Education Specialist, coordinates the Great Lakes
cleanup to help students build a sense of environmental stewardship.
Domske will be honored on Saturday for her commitment to aquatic science
education with the 2002 Paul McClellan Environmental Citizen of the Year
CONTACT:  Long Island Sound- Kimberly Zimmer, New York Sea Grant Long
Island Sound Study Coordinator, (O) 631-632-8730, Email:
Great Lakes- Helen Domske, New York Sea Grant Education Specialist, (O)
716-645-3610, Email:  hmd4@cornell.edu

Rhode Island - "Bag It!"  Rhode Island's "Bag It!" takes place at 55
locations. Participants will receive bags, t-shirts, paper and pencils
when they join the effort.  The trash collected will be recorded to form
a "snapshot" of the waste along Rhode Island's coast.  The cleanup,
sponsored by the Audubon Society, is part of a "Coastweeks Calendar"
created by Rhode Island Sea Grant.  The calendar's events include tours,
lectures, displays and more, all meant to celebrate the coast.  For more
information on the Coastweeks calendar and the beach cleanup, please
visit http://seagrant.gso.uri.edu/Coastweeks
CONTACT:  for the Coastal Cleanup:  Eugenia Marks, Audubon Society of
Rhode Island, (O) 401-949-5454, Email:  emarks@asri.org
For a copy of the Coastweeks Calendar of Events:  Jean Gallo, Rhode
Island Sea Grant Publications Manager, (O) 401-874-6842, Email:

South Carolina Sweeps Rivers, Beaches and More - South Carolina Sea
Grant's Beach Sweep/River Sweep is the state's largest one-day volunteer
effort of its kind, corralling the efforts of over 7,000 people.
Participants not only collect coastal debris, but make an inland effort
as well, cleaning riverbanks, lakes, marshes and swamps. For more
information, visit
CONTACT:  Susan Ferris, Coastal Coordinator, South Carolina Sea Grant,
(O) 843- 727-2078, Email:  susan.ferris@scseagrant.org
Bobbie Adams, Inland Coordinator, South Carolina Department of Natural
Resources, (O) 803-734-9108, Email:  adams@water.dnr.state.sc.us

Sea Grant Web Site Spotlight: "Notes from the Field 2002:  Underwater
Archaeologists in Action,"
Now through Sept. 20, visitors to the Wisconsin shipwrecks website can
read journal entries from archaeologists as they explore the depths of
Lake Michigan.  The site, called "Notes from the Field 2002:  Underwater
Archaeologists in Action," features daily entries and photographs that
illustrate the journey as divers investigate historical shipwrecks near
Sturgeon Bay in Door County, Wis.  With support from Wisconsin Sea
Grant, archaeologists from the Wisconsin Historical Society are studying
the remains of three nineteenth-century ships.  The two schooners and
one steam ship carried passengers, iron ore, lumber and later
limestone.  The Web site also features videos, scale drawings and
archaeological maps, a Kids' Corner with activities for teachers and
students and brief histories of the shipwrecks being documented.  The
information gained during the exploration will be used to manage the
sites and create learning materials like dive guides, Web sites, and
exhibits.  It will also be used to nominate the shipwrecks to the
National Register of Historic Places, a distinction already earned by 17
Wisconsin shipwrecks.

The archaeological notes and information can be viewed at
To learn more about shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, visit
CONTACT:  John Karl, Science Writer, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant
(O) 608-263-8621, Email:  jkarl@seagrant.wisc.edu

Sea Grant Calendar Spotlight:  National Clean Marina Workshop, Sept. 25
- 27, 2002 Mystic, CT
The workshop is designed to produce a national framework for
implementing EPA's marinas and recreational boating management measures
guidance through consensus building with key constituencies and
partners.  The framework will build from the experience of current state
clean marina programs, provide assistance to local, state and national
partnerships to create and deliver innovative clean marina programs, and
provide an outreach mechanism for extending the national non-point
source pollution guidance for marinas and recreational boating
facilities. For more information, visit www.cleanboating.org
CONTACT:  Dave White, New York Sea Grant Extension Agent,
(O) 315-312-3042, Email:  dgw9@cornell.edu

Sea Grant is a nationwide network of 30 university-based programs that
works with coastal communities and is supported by NOAA.  Sea Grant
research and outreach programs promote better understanding,
conservation, and use of America's coastal resources.  For more
information about Sea Grant visit the Sea Grant Media Center Website
at:  www.seagrantnews.org , which includes a keyword searchable database
of academic experts in over 30 topical areas.

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