Outreach

Outreach

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Outreach Program helps coastal communities in the region address concerns and problems surrounding the development, use and conservation of ocean and coastal resources. The Outreach Program involves the collective efforts of professional extension, outreach and communications staff located in four offices:

For more than 40 years, the outreach team has been actively involved with local governments, agencies and organizations and have assisted residents and decision-makers with choices about the use and management of ocean and coastal resources. Team members can be found at fishing docks, restoration sites, outdoor exhibits, city halls, schools and offices. Based on formal and informal needs assessments, strategic planning and stakeholder input, the team uses applied interdisciplinary research, communications, extension and legal services to conduct targeted activities and research to address top concerns and problems regarding coastal resources.

Programs

  • Bays and Bayous

    Bays and Bayous logoYou can see the book of abstracts with descriptions of all presentations here.

    We are pleased to host the 2016 Mississippi-Alabama Bays and Bayous Symposium at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi, Miss., on Wednesday, Nov. 30, and Thursday, Dec. 1. The theme for the symposium is...

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  • Coastal Storms Program

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s Coastal Storms Program (CSP) is a nationwide effort to help coastal residents reduce the impacts storms have on their families, communities, property and environment.

    The program will provide tools and services, such as observations, forecast...

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  • Working Waterfronts

    Issues related to access to the working waterfront have come to the national forefront. Increased development and expanding coastal populations are threatening water access for working waterfront businesses and the general public.  In its 2007 report Access to the Waterfront: Issues and Solutions...

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  • Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening

    A volunteer based project which focuses on education, restoration/enhancement, and research by bringing the reef to the people. Now in its eleventh year of operation, Oyster Gardeners have produced nearly 500,000 oysters for restoration and enhancement efforts within Mobile Bay.

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  • Climate Outreach Community of Practice

    Maybe you are a local elected official, city planner, community leader, a local decision-maker or someone working with local decision-makers. You’ve come here because you are interested in learning more about how your community can become more resilient in the wake of severe storm events such as...

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  • Living Shorelines

    The current trend in Mississippi and Alabama is to install hard structures, such as bulkheads, seawalls or rip-rap on the shoreline to protect waterfront coastal property from erosion. Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant supports the use of living shorelines, in many circumstances, instead of bulkheads...

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  • Peer Listening

    Peer listening is a type of support that occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other. Properly trained peer listeners can provide a number of services to the community, such as serving as an available ear to assist in problem solving or...

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  • Clean Marina Program

    The Clean Marina Initiative is a voluntary, incentive-based program promoted by NOAA and others that encourages marina operators and recreational boaters to protect coastal water quality by engaging in environmentally sound operating and maintenance procedures. While Clean Marina Programs vary...

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  • Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative

    This program focuses on coordinating NOAA's sea level rise efforts in the Northern Gulf of Mexico.

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