Principal Investigator:Douglas Lipton
Start/End Year:2002 to 2006
Institution:Maryland Sea Grant
Objectives: The SGEP focuses on these major goals: to educate and advise marine community users and decision makers by responding to expressed needs in such areas as aquaculture, water quality and living marine resources, commercial fisheries, seafood processing, seafood nutrition, coastal business, boating and recreation, and 7-12 education; to communicate to appropriate as liaison between the University and those who use the region's marine and estuarine resources. Methodology: SGEP staff work directly with the marine community through conferences, workshops, demonstrations, personal contacts, targeted publications distributed via mailing lists and meetings and video productions. Public awareness and education is enhanced through newspaper, magazine, broadcast media and the Internet. Rationale: The Chesapeake Bay offers unique problems and opportunities that require thorough decision making and practical solutions. SGEP area agent and specialist expertise can help provide educational needs for dealing with erratic fisheries, coastal pollution, boating congestion and safety hazards. Those in marine industries can benefit from the research, development and advice of the Sea Grant Extension effort. Note: $50,000 is included in each year of Sea Grant Extension budget for Coastal Communities component of the A/T-1 extension program to pay the salary and fringe benefits for a Coastal Communities Specialist at 50% time.