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In This Issue
Hurricanes, Rip Currents
Clean & Safe Boating
Brown & Red Tide in Bays
NYSG Launch Stewards
Great Gull Island
Invasive Asian Carp
LIS Lobster Declines
Wetlands Stewardship
Unwanted Medicines Education
Safety-At-Sea Training


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Late Summer 2012
New York Currents, Vol. 1, No. 1  

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New York Sea Grant
Be Aware, Be a Force of Nature:
NOAA and Sea Grant Provide Resources on Rip Currents, Hurricanes and other Severe Storms
Hurricane Isaac, August 2012
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasters recently updated their predictions on hurricanes, calling for a higher likelihood of an above-normal season and a reduced chance for a below-normal season. Also, the predicted range of named storms has been shifted upward, and the range of hurricanes and major hurricanes has been narrowed.

Hurricane Isaac comes about seven years after Katrina hit the United States and a year since Irene. We've got insights and reflections on all three storms, from both our funded-researchers and partner educators. Read More>

And for more on this year's related news items on hurricane education and severe storm preparedness, see

Another concern this season: Rip currents - narrow channels of fast-moving water that can pull swimmers away from the shore - account for over 80% of rescues performed by surf beach lifeguards and the United States Lifesaving Association estimates that the annual number of deaths from these deadly currents exceeds 100.

This is why NOAA and Sea Grant programs throughout the U.S. have long focused on educating the public via public forums, printed materials and Web sites about the dangers of rip currents. Read More>

And for more rip currents education resources, see
NYSG Discover Clean & Safe Sailboat Widens Its Reach in 2012
NYSG Discover Clean & Safe Sailboat, Summer 2012
NYSG Hudson Estuary Specialist Nordica Holochuck welcomed our program's Clean and Safe Boat to "her neck of the woods" earlier this summer, as its related campaign extended its reach to recreational users in New York's Great Lakes region and beyond this year.

This campaign serves as opportunity to educate thousands of boaters, paddle sport enthusiasts, anglers and other water recreation users on clean and safe boating practices. In addition, those reached can learn how to prevent and slow the spread of aquatic invasive species in New York State's waters. Read More>
Brown and Red Tide in Long Island's Waters: Summer 2012
Red Tide, Eastern Long Island, August 2012 For the sixth consecutive year, the brown tide is back. Algae-filled, murky water bursting has been washing up along Long Island's South Shore this summer, most recently in parts of the Moriches and Shinnecock bays. NYSG-funded researcher Dr. Chris Gobler, an investigator and professor at Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, shares his insights. Read More>

Gobler also contributed to News 12 Long Island's "Blight on the Bays" special report in July, and we've got the YouTube clips and transcript. Read More>
New York Sea Grant in New York City
NYC City of Water Day, July 2012
New York Sea Grant launched a new resource site this past spring to document our research, extension and education efforts in and around New York City - It includes information on such recently-attended events as May's Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance (MWA) Conference and July's MWA City of Water Day. Read More>
New NY Sea Grant Launch Stewards Were Along NY's Great Lakes and Salmon River This Summer
NYSG's Launch Stewards, Summer 2012
The first NYSG Launch Stewards were at public boat launch sites throughout the summer along Lake Ontario, Oneida Lake and the Salmon River. The six stewards participated in a nationwide campaign educating boaters (voluntarily) about how to inspect their vessels to help slow the spread of aquatic invasive species. Read More>

The Launch Stewards also authored a related article series, which will continue to be added to online under "News / Topics" at
Volunteers Collect Data on Threatened & Endangered Species on Great Gull Island
Great Gull Island, May 2012
 New York Sea Grant's Long Island Sound Study (LISS) Outreach Coordinator Larissa Graham organized several summer trips to Great Gull Island, a LISS Stewardship Area located at the far eastern end of Long Island Sound in New York.

NYSG staff and our partners (including Cornell Cooperative Extension and the New York State Marine Education Association) snapped plenty of pics, even put together a YouTube, clip, to document our time on this 17-acre island, which is critically important to the survival of two species of tern: the common Tern, a threatened species in New York, and the Roseate Tern, a federally-listed endangered species. Read More>
On YouTube: NYSG Educator on Danger of Invasive Asian Carp in Great Lakes
Silver Carp
As seen in a Your News Now clip from mid-July, there is concern over an invasive fish species that could have a strong impact the Great Lakes ecosystems. Read More>
Declines on Long Island Sound Lobsters Being Studied
In mid-July, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced that it would be undertaking a comprehensive study seeking reasons for the continued decline in the lobster population of Long Island Sound.

Past studies - including those funded through Sea Grant programs in New York and Connecticut via the "Long Island Sound Lobster Initiative" -  have implicated increased temperatures, among other stressors, for the major decline in Long Island Sound lobster populations since 1999, as the Sound is near the southern end of the lobster inshore temperature range. Read More>
New York Educators Bring Louisiana Wetlands Stewardship Back Home
NYSG-NYSMEA NOLA Education Trip, February 2012
As reported by NOAA Coastal Services magazine and several media outlets: To learn about wetland loss in southern Louisiana and how it relates to the habitat loss occurring in New York, a group of 14 educators traveled to the Bayou State in late February 2012 to rebuild habitats devastated by recent natural and man-made events. This was the second time in as many years that such a trip was planned. Read More>
Just throw out your unwanted medicines? Great Lakes Sea Grant programs weigh in
Return Unwanted Medicines Education
A paper published in 2012's journal Environmental Science & Technology, cites that you do not need to wait for a collection event o get rid of that unwanted medicine, encouraging individuals to "just throw them out."

Sea Grant programs throughout the Great Lakes region, though, have been working on an educational campaign for several years that says otherwise. Pictured above, Pill Bottle Phil - played wonderfully by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant's Associate Director for Education, Robin Graff Goettel - spreads the word about sensible disposal of your unwanted medicines.Read More>
Coast Guard Station Montauk Hosts Safety-At-Sea Training Event
Safety At Sea Event, Montauk, May 2012
 Coast Guard Auxiliary and New York Sea Grant hosted a Safety at Sea training event in mid-May 2012 was designed for vessel masters, operators and crews of uninspected passenger vessels and local charter vessels.

The full-day featured an overview of safety standards and demonstrations and allowed fishing vessel drill instructors to receive certification. Read More>
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