Beach Season to Focus on Rip Current Safety

May 19, 2014 | Katie Mosher

As Memorial Day approaches, a busy beach season is on the horizon. So, too, is National Rip Current Awareness Week that kicks off June 1 and runs through June 7. Designated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and the U.S. Lifesaving Association, the week promotes educational programs about rip currents — and how to stay safe while enjoying our beautiful beaches. Partners in North Carolina include local lifeguards, North Carolina Sea Grant, National Weather Service forecast offices and beach communities. Contact: Katie Mosher, 919-270-4962, ...

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Putnam, Doll Earn Regional Sea Grant Honor

May 14, 2014 | Katie Mosher

Gloria Putnam and Barbara Doll of North Carolina Sea Grant earned the Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant Outstanding Achievement Award for their leadership roles in the Currituck Goes Green Initiative. The award was presented at a recent meeting in Corolla that included Sea Grant colleagues from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. Contact: Katie Mosher, 919-515-9069,

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Small Group of Genes Influence Egg Quality

May 12, 2014 | Rhett Register

Scientists from North and South Carolina recently completed a study that highlights the role of gene groups in embryo development. They conducted their research using striped bass (Morone saxatilis), a finfish used in aquaculture that has problems with arrested development in eggs. Results of this research, funded in part by North Carolina Sea Grant and South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, are published in the open access journal, PLOS ONE. Media Contacts: Rhett Register, 919-515-1092,; Susan Ferris Hill, 843-953-2092, Researchers: Craig Sullivan, 919-302-7888,; Robert Chapman, 843-725-4878,

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NCSG Seeks Marine Aquaculture Specialist

May 6, 2014 | Katie Mosher

North Carolina Sea Grant is seeking a marine aquaculture extension specialist to be based in Morehead City. Details and instructions are at Hiring Manager: Jack Thigpen, 919-515-3012,

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Coastwatch Spring 2014 Available

April 24, 2014 | Sandra Harris

The Spring 2014 issue of Coastwatch features North Carolina Sea Grant Projects, the estuarine shoreline study and seafood safety. Go to for reprint information or to request a complimentary copy. Media Contact: E-Ching Lee, 919-515-9098,

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