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Impact Statements Show Depth of Programming, Benefit to NY Shoreline Regions

New York Sea Grant Extension at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, has issued a series of impact statements for projects completed by the coastal science extension organization in 2010. Project beneficiaries range from New York’s public and private coastal property managers and municipal leaders to commercial fishermen, students, teachers, seafood safety inspectors and European fisheries managers.

“These New York Sea Grant (NYSG) 2010 Impact Statements demonstrate the important connections that NYSG extension specialists made with a variety of coastal stakeholder groups in New York and beyond in the past year. They illustrate the practical, economic, environmental, and educational benefits of New York Sea Grant outreach efforts to New York’s freshwater and marine coastal communities,” said New York Sea Grant Director James Ammerman.

Project stakeholder testimony includes gratitude from commercial fisherman John Scheu, who participated in Safety-At-Sea training. Scheu said, “Without a doubt, I’d rather learn here on the dock (in Montauk) than offshore when it’s 5 degrees in February.” Until the 2010 NY Sea Grant program, there had been no formal Safety-At-Sea training conducted in the past 10 years.

Two downstate municipalities applied data from the East Coast Winter Storms website, developed by New York Sea Grant in partnership with NOAA’s Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, to obtain $1 million in funding for storm damage restoration and mitigation projects.

In the Great Lakes region, more than 1,400 New York boaters pledged to be environmentally-sound after visiting the 2010 Discover Clean and Safe Boating exhibit at events throughout the freshwater shoreline region. The 2011 edition of the campaign includes a fishing boat, a canoe, and national Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers information on how boaters can reduce the spread of unwanted invasive species.

The VHS (Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia) virus combined research-outreach collaboration by NYSG Fisheries Specialist Dave MacNeill and Cornell University researcher Dr. Paul Bowser earned the first-ever National Sea Grant Research Application Award.

Project work in New York’s marine coastal district included:
• Advancing Effective Stormwater Management
• Helping Local Leaders Understand Hudson River Shoreline Environments
• I FISH NY: Sharing Fishing Facts & Fun in New York City and on Long Island
• New York Commercial Fishing Fleet Safety-At-Sea Training
• Helping Coastal Managers Respond to Nor’easters
• Revising the Long Island Sound Study Website, and
• Strengthening Partnerships with Marine Educators.

Project work in New York’s Great Lakes district included:
• Developing Educational Materials for NY’s Eastern Lake Ontario Region
• the 2010 Discover Clean & Safe Boating campaign
• Assisting the Czech Republic’s Development of a Reservoir Trawling Program
• Training Extension & Agency Educators in Climate Literacy
• Preventing and Containing VHS in Aquaculture Operations, and
• Teaching the Next Generation of Concerned Citizens.

The full complement of 2010 NYSG Impact Statements is online at http://www.seagrant.sunysb.edu/article.asp?ArticleID=116 .