- ItemAnnual Report 2013(Delaware Sea Grant College Program, 2013) Delaware Sea Grant College ProgramWhen Hurricane Sandy tracked toward Delaware, the storm threatened residents, infrastructure, and economic interests statewide. The damage in Delaware, while not as severe as that experienced further north, highlighted the delicate balance between people and the environment in our coastal region. The Delaware Sea Grant College Program works to improve understanding of these interconnections through scientific research, education, and outreach. We are helping the state prepare for natural hazards, consider future impacts of climate change, and develop smart plans for growth. A recent Sea Grant study showed that economic activity along Delaware’s ocean coastline generates nearly $7 billion annually and represents one-tenth of the state’s total employment. The jobs are largely reliant on resilient communities, clean beaches, and healthy ecosystems that help attract visitors and year-round residents alike. Delaware Sea Grant promotes the wise use, conservation, and management of marine and coastal resources while also supporting economic growth. Part of a national network of 33 university-based programs, our researchers and outreach specialists offer sound scientific information on issues impacting our state. This report gives an update on how we are using science to serve Delaware’s coast and improve the quality of life in our state. We invite you to visit our website—www.deseagrant.org—to learn more.
- ItemAnnual Report 2014(Delaware Sea Grant College Program, 2014) Delaware Sea Grant College ProgramWhen I hear this widely circulated quote by Margaret Mead, I can’t help but think of our small state of Delaware and how our close partnerships and working relationships mean that we can maximize our timely response to the environmental challenges of today. Here, in our annual report, we provide you with a snapshot of the work that we conduct as we look at the health of coastal ecosystems, sustainable coastal development, a safe and sustainable seafood supply and hazard resilient coastal communities. And while these four focus areas drive our research, education and outreach, we ensure that addressing issues of climate and environmental literacy are woven through all that we do. From Wilmington to Fenwick Island, the Delaware Sea Grant College Program is working with communities throughout the state to provide them with the data, tools and training needed to maintain vibrant economies and sustainable ecosystems. This year, we embark on a new strategic plan for 2014-2017, developed in large part through the input of our coastal stakeholders and in alignment with the National Sea Grant Strategic Plan. In it, we renew our commitment to providing sound scientific information and policy analysis on issues related to our coast and coastal economics and to translating that science into applications that have a positive impact on our fellow citizens. It is the goal of Delaware Sea Grant that society benefits from the sea—today and in the future. It is our hope that through reading this report and by learning more from our website—www.deseagrant.org—you are inspired to join us pursuing that endeavor.
- ItemAnnual Report 2015(Delaware Sea Grant College Program, 2015) Delaware Sea Grant College ProgramSince its inception in 1966, a strong set of core values has provided a foundation for Sea Grant’s work across the U.S. Founded on a belief in the critical importance of university-based research and stakeholder engagement, Sea Grant is able to rapidly identify and capitalize on opportunities and to generate timely, practical solutions to real problems in real places. Here in our annual public report, we feature our research, outreach and educational programs in the four focus areas that steer our work for the 2014–2017 time frame: resilient communities and economies; healthy coastal ecosystem; sustainable fisheries and aquaculture; and environmental literacy and workforce development. While one of these focus areas calls out “resilience” specifically, elements of resilience and addressing climate change are woven throughout all that we do.