Putting science to work
June 21, 2017
Delaware Sea Grant’s annual report informs community about latest efforts
Science fuels innovation, and innovation fuels the economy.
Recognizing this fundamental connection, Delaware Sea Grant (DESG) has promoted the wise use, conservation and management of coastal and ocean resources since 1976 by supporting scientific research with real-world benefits. DESG uses outreach and extension activities that connect this science to the public.
Over the years this has led to educational and research support aimed at reducing the environmental and societal risks from natural hazards, water quality issues, severe weather, energy challenges and the effects of climate change. DESG work also supports efforts to protect the environment of coastal areas while ensuring responsible economic development.
“It’s a unique and productive model that enables Delaware Sea Grant-funded science to inform the efforts of our collaborators and decision makers throughout the state,” said Mohsen Badiey, acting dean of the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, where DESG is housed.
The program’s 2017 annual report — Reporter — highlights the ways DESG is working to benefit Delaware’s economy and environment across four focus areas: resilient communities and economies; healthy coastal ecosystems; sustainable fisheries and aquaculture; and environmental literacy and workforce development.
DESG is a federal, state and university partnership focused on coastal issues that receives funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the state of Delaware and the University of Delaware.
The program receives about $2.2 million in federal and state support annually for a variety of research and education efforts.
This year’s Reporter illustrates ways that DESG is “putting science to work” through projects aimed at rebuilding and revitalizing local towns; leading-edge science that is providing solutions to critical problems including microplastics pollution; and outreach programs aimed at improving water quality in the state’s coastal ecosystems and the availability of safe and sustainable seafood supplies, both locally and globally.
Published annually, Reporter encourages readers to become informed, get involved and stay connected through various Sea Grant programs. Reporter readers who complete the readership survey by Dec. 31 will be entered in a drawing for Delaware Sea Grant’s coast-inspired prize package.