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Welcome to New York Sea Grant's (NYSG) Summer 2016 New York Coastlines, our program's flagship electronic newsletter, powered by Currents.

This flagship publication highlights news, events and other activities from our program's various research, extension and education endeavors throughout New York's marine and Great Lakes waters.

Though it's been awhile since you've heard from us in this format (December 2014's Late Fall/Early Winter issue, actually), hopefully you've been keeping up with us via our Web site and social media channels (YouTube, Twitter and Facebook), the latter from which you'll find our monthly e-newsletter-like "Social Media Review," which we now also feature on our site's blog.

Speaking of our blog, that is where you may have seen our "2015 Year in Review" post, which caught up our newsletter readers during a year where no issues of New York Coastlines were released.

Late this past Spring we produced the printed version our latest issue of New York Coastlines (pdf). Those stories are featured below alongside dozens of others Currents that will continue to come ashore through these summer months.

So, in this double e-issue, we'll examine how our researchers and specialists are helping to raise coastal storm awareness, explore seasonal issues like harmful algal blooms, rip currents and clean & safe boating and highlight some upcoming events and opportunities for you to connect in with us. We'll also delve into a new blog series, #SeaGrant50, celebrating our National Sea Grant College Program's five decades of "Science Serving America's Coasts."

In our "From The Director" letter, Bill Wise poses a challenge to our readers: If you were the sitting Director of New York Sea Grant, where would you focus the program's energies, and why? Bill encourages folks to offer up their suggestions through the end of July 2016.

You can also read all of the articles featured below via the issue's table of contents on our Web site.

And for an archive of NY Coastlines and Currents issues as well as a sign up for those not on our e-list, visit

Here's to Summer ...

Summer 2016

NY Coastlines / Currents; Vol. 44, No. 1 / Vol. 4, No. 1 & 2

Spotlight: Opportunities & Upcoming Events

Event: Second Annual "Ferry 2 Two Roads" to Benefit NYSG's Long Island Sound Outreach Efforts

This summertime celebratory event is slated for a 10:15 a.m. start at the Port Jeff- Bridgeport Ferry Terminal in Port Jefferson, NY on Saturday, July 9, 2016.

"Great tasting beer starts with clean water," says Amy Mandelbaum, NYSG's Long Island Sound Study Outreach Coordinator. "And studying New York's coastal waters and sharing that info with our stakeholders is what Sea Grant is all about." Read on >>

Event: "Should I stay or should I go?"

Communicating Risk when the Storm Comes

A new video by Sea Grant summarizing research from 10 NOAA-funded social science projects will be screened during the day and evening on Thursday, July 14th at the Long Beach Library on Long Island, NY.

The video also points to resources from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, NYC Office of Emergency Management and more. Read on >>  

Funding: New York's Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program - 2016 Request for Proposals

Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded for projects that: conserve and restore native fish and wildlife biodiversity and habitats or enhance community resiliency and ecosystem integrity.

Proposals will be due by September 23, 2016. Grants will be announced the week of October 31, 2016.

See for the full request for proposals and application guidelines.

Related Story:

  • NYSDEC and NY Sea Grant Announce $89K in Grants for Great Lakes Basin Projects (January 2015) Read on >>

Training Courses: Seafood Safety

Registration is available for several food safety training courses through New York Sea Grant's newly-revised Seafood and Technology Web site,

Offerings include online courses on U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA)-required Good Manufacturing Practices and Seafood HACCP.

In addition to the HACCP (Segment One) online course, NYSG will now be offering a quarterly in-person Seafood HACCP Segment Two class, the next of which is slated for July 21, 2016. You can register online here.

Feature Stories   
NYSG's Knauss Fellow Spreads Ocean Optimism Internationally

Our current Knauss Fellow Erin Eastwood is bringing her international experience to NOAA's Climate Program Office. Read on >>

On Blog:

Announcing Our New Omnibus Research Projects

Mitigating the impacts of climate change and human activities on coastal community resilience, water quality and fisheries restoration are themes that connect our newly funded 2016-2017 Omnibus research projects funded through NOAA. Read on >>

What's New in Extension?

New York Sea Grant's extension program welcomed four new specialists in the last year, two each focusing on the state's Great Lakes and marine waters. Read on >>

Related Stories:

The Hudson is His Oyster:

Matt Hare looks at restoring oysters in the Hudson

Oysters were once so plentiful in New York City that oyster shuckers worked nearly 'round the clock, feeding rich and poor alike, discarding mountains of shells. NYSG-funded Cornell University researcher Matthew Hare examines why that isn't the case now. Read on >>

Sound Scholars and Stewards

Summertime brings many greener views and bluer skies, but it also presents environmental challenges, like low-oxygen water conditions, which pose threats to the organisms that live in those waters.

NYSG has funded many research studies on hypoxia, especially in Long Island Sound, where we also engage students and teachers in the process of examining the estuary's water quality.
Read on >>

Related Stories:

  • A Report Card for Long Island Sound (June 2015) Read on >>

  • $843,424 Awarded for Long Island Sound Research (April 2015)  Read on >>

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NYSG's Currents News Archives  (Currents, Vol. 4, No. 1 & 2)

In case you missed any of NYSG's news that we've been posting on our Web site between issues of NY Coastlines / Currents, below is a sampling of some of those stories.

You can come ashore anytime for the latest at And for even more Currents, check out the topics in the archives section of NYSG's Web site,  

Spotlight: Hurricane / Severe Storm

Awareness & Preparedness  
  • On YouTube:

    NOAA Predicts Near-normal 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season; Sea Grant Produces Video on Coastal Storm Awareness Read on >>

  • NOAA Sea Grant Coastal Storm Awareness Program Comes Ashore:
    Programs in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut release short documentary and trailer to accompany final report Read on >>
    Video educates Emergency Managers, empowers Coastal Communities
  • On Blog:

    2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season is Here:

    Be Aware, Be Strong, Be Prepared Read on >>
  • On Air, On YouTube:
    NYC Installs New Signs to Raise Awareness at Start of 2016's Atlantic Hurricane Season Read on >>
  • On Air, On YouTube:
    Sea Grant Shows How New Yorker's Can Best Prepare For the Next Severe Storm Read on >>
  • 'Great Lakes Nor'easters: Tracking Historic Storm Events Along Eastern Shore of Lake Ontario (March 2015) Read on >>

    • On YouTube:

      NYSG Specialists, Investigators Track & Monitor Storms in Central New York

  • Living with Ever-Changing Lake Ontario Dunes Public Workshop (June 2015) Read on >>

    • Storm Stories of Eastern Lake Ontario, North Sandy Pond Needed Read on >>

On Blog: Celebrating #SeaGrant50 
This online series, which began in April 2016 and will run through April 2017, celebrates the National Sea Grant College Program's 50th Anniversary.

Below is the first wave of entries. Additional ones can be found throughout this time frame at
  • Sustainable Coastal Tourism Read on >>

  • Community Resilience: Sea Grant Helps Communities Plan, Adapt and Recover Read on >>
    Zeroing in on preparing for severe storms, educating on rip currents and many points in-between.

  • NOAA Launches New Site, Celebrates Sea Grant's 50th Anniversary Read on >>
    New Web Sea Grant feature on focuses on Coastal Storm Awareness, Harmful Algal Blooms and more.

  • By The Numbers-Four Decades of Knauss Fellows Read on >>
  • Remembering John A. Knauss Read on >>

  • By The Numbers-Impacts on Coastlines in New York and Throughout the Country Read on >>

  • On YouTube: Video Illustrates Sea Grant's 50 Years of Science Serving America's Coast Read on >>

  • The Dazzling Dr. Spilhaus Read on >>
  • Sea Grant Announces 50th Anniversary Read on >>

Activities, Awards, Seasonal & Recent Events  
Historic Round Boat Highlights Clean and Safe Boating Tips for 2016 Boating Season

Is it a spaceship? An amusement park ride? No, it is an historic 7-foot round boat and it is the New York Sea Grant Discover Clean and Safe Boating educational vessel for 2016. Read on >>

Related Stories:

  • New York State Legislature Applauds Sea Grant's David White Read on >>

  • Great Shipwrecks of NY's 'Great' Lakes Exhibit Visits Albany Read on >>

  • On YouTube:

    NYSG Offers Young Boater Safety Course, ROV Demos and More at 2016 Central NY Boat Show Read on>>

  • On Air, On YouTube:

    Sea Grant at the New York State Fair Read on >>

  • NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo Visits With Sea Grant at 2015 Great NY State Fair Lakes Read on >>

Get On The Water with NYC's City of Water Day in Mid-July

The Waterfront Alliance once again emphasizes the importance of public access to New York City and New Jersey's waterways via its City of Water Day celebration on Saturday, July 16, 2016. Read on >>

Related Story: 
  • On YouTube:

    TWA's Annual NYC Conference - Defining and Delivering Equity at the Waterfront
New York Sea Grant Educator Helen Domske Receives Distinguished Scientist Award

"Being recognized by other scientists is extremely rewarding and following in the footsteps of acclaimed scientists is a true honor," says NYSG Coastal Education Specialist Helen Domske. Read on >>

Related Stories: 
  • Sea Grant Reminds You to "Take Back" Your Unwanted Medicines Read on >>

  • Great Lakes Learning: From Algae to Zooplankton Read on >>

  • NYSG Offers Green Tips for Coastal Living Read on >>

Seasonal & Recent Publications 
Fact Sheet/Brochure: Dogs and Harmful Algal Blooms

As air and water temperatures warm, New York Sea Grant reminds people with dogs that enjoy waterfront areas about the health risk posed by harmful algal blooms. Read on >>

Related Stories: 
  • On YouTube:

    NYSG's Dave MacNeill on How Sometimes Beaches and Lakes Aren't Completely Safe for Your Pets Read on >>

  • SUNY ESF Investigators Monitor NY Waters of Sodus Bay, Helping to Predict Toxic Algal Blooms Read on >>

  • NOAA Launches New Site, Celebrates Sea Grant's 50th Anniversary Read on >>
    New Web Sea Grant feature on focuses on Coastal Storm Awareness, Harmful Algal Blooms and more.

  • Feature Article:

    To HAB or Not to HAB: Harmful Algae Are Blooming in NY's Waters Read on >>

Booklet: Sea Grant's Colorful Guide Helps Home Gardeners Be More Water-Wise

This recently-revised 20-page guide, which marks its 15 year anniversary in 2016, reviews everyday practices that can help reduce threats to water quality.

"We realize that proper watering is essential for a healthy garden," says NYSG's Hudson Estuary Specialist Nordica Holochuck, who complied the publication. "But its just as essential that we be water-wise when planning a garden or landscape."
Read on >>

Fact Sheet: Coastal Processes and Causes of Shoreline Erosion and Accretion

The processes and causes of erosion and accretion (build up of sediment) affecting New York's shorelines are the focus of this NYSG four-page fact sheet.

Although human actions can impact the erosion process, natural coastal processes such as wind, waves or ice movement are constantly eroding and/or building up the shoreline.
Read on >>

Fact Sheet: Effects of Erosion and Accretion on

Coastal Landforms

Coastal landforms found along New York's Great Lakes shorelines are the focus of this NYSG six-page fact sheet, which features colorful diagrams of how different ecosystems-including wetlands, bluffs and dunes, beaches and off-shore bars-can be impacted by erosion and accretion. Read on >>

Aquatic Invasive Species

Brochure: Invasive Herring

Examined in this brochure from New York Sea Grant are several Great Lakes invasive fish species, including Skipjack and blueback herring. Read on >>

Fact Sheet: Will These Fish Invade North America?

A team of investigators at Buffalo State College worked with NYSG's Fisheries Specialist to determine what we know about nearly a dozen potentially invasive Great Lakes fish species. Read on >>

Fact Sheet: Classroom Plants and Animals

Although useful as teaching tools, living plants and animals that are no longer wanted, have outgrown their tanks or enclosures, or become a burden to care for, can become invasive species if released into the wild.
Read on >>

Related Story: 
  • Bad News for Aquatic Invasive Species in the Great Lakes Region Read on >>
Booklets: New York State Prohibited and Regulated Invasive Plants & Animals  
Two revised full-color publications - produced by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation with assistance from NYSG, among others - list all the State's banned and regulated plants and animals. Read on >>

Poster: Great Lakes Basin

This comprehensive publication takes a look at The Great Lakes - Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario - which contain 20% of the world's fresh surface water. Examined is the Lakes' geology, early and modern history and stressors, including invasive species, harmful algal blooms and more. Read on >>

Workshops & Related Resources 
Second Annual Watercraft Inspection Steward

Program Workshop

Watercraft inspection engages boaters in learning how they can help slow and stop the spread of aquatic invasive species by checking their boats and trailers for debris that may contain AIS. Read on >>

Workshops Address Future Lake Ontario Weather Extremes in New York

Public stakeholders in the region invited to share thoughts on actions needed through lake and watershed planning to prepare for possible future extreme climate conditions and population changes. Read on >>

Workshop Resources: Old Inlet Barrier Island Breach

This NYSG-hosted workshop focused on the changes and responses of selected resources associated with the barrier island breach in the Fire Island Seashore's Wilderness Area caused by "Superstorm" Sandy. Read on >>

Workshop Resources: Living Shorelines for Coastal Erosion Protection in a Changing World

Attendees of this NYSG workshop were provided with practical information on the use of living shorelines as an erosion control alternative, focusing on smaller scale projects that have erosion protection as the primary objective. Read on >>

Related Story:

  • Long Island Coastal Resiliency Summit Held at Touro Law: NYSG presents on Living Shorelines to control coastal erosion (April 2015) Read on >>
About NY Coastlines / Currents and New York Sea Grant

New York Coastlines
is a product of NYSG's project C/PC-11funded under award NA10OAR4170064 granted to the Research Foundation of SUNY on behalf of NYSG from the National Sea Grant College Program of the US Dept. of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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