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Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium to undergo review

By: Melissa Schneider / Published: May 07,  2010

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) will undergo a scheduled four-year review June 8-9, 2010, at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab on Dauphin Island, Ala., and at the International Trade Center in Mobile, Ala.

A federal Site Review Team will review and discuss MASGC management and organization, stakeholder engagement and collaborative network/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) activities.

People who would like to offer comments to the review team on these aspects of the program are invited to submit written statements no later than Tuesday, June 1, 2010. Comments should be e-mailed to the National Sea Grant College Program at oar.sg.feedback@noaa.gov.

Following the site visit, the review team will produce a report to the National Sea Grant College Program and MASGC. The review is part of a larger effort by National Sea Grant to foster increased cooperation among the 32 Sea Grant Programs nationwide and to understand how local and regional programs and priorities relate to NOAA national needs and priorities.

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant is a marine research, extension, outreach and education program. Its administrative office is located in Ocean Springs, Miss., and it has extension, outreach and education offices in Alabama (Dauphin Island, Mobile and Orange Beach) and Mississippi (Biloxi and Oxford). MASGC is funded primarily by NOAA and the states of Alabama and Mississippi. Extension, outreach and education specialists work in coastal communities and provide training, education, expert advice and assistance on safe and sustainable seafood, coastal ecosystems and hazard-resilient and sustainable communities. Sea Grant-funded scientists conduct research to help find solutions to these types of coastal issues.

For more information about the review, contact MASGC Director LaDon Swann at swanndl@auburn.edu.

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