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Research at UPR Sea Grant Program – A look at 6 years and counting…

Have you ever wondered about the research projects funded over the years by the UPR Sea Grant Program (UPRSGP)?

What research topics has UPRSGP funded during the past few years?

UPRSGP has been consistently making efforts to sponsor research projects for many years related to different marine and coastal issues in the US Caribbean. In recognition of these efforts, the CRA team will be posting a new series of articles regarding the research that UPRSGP is currently funding and has funded over the years.

The Research at UPRSGP series will be featuring several articles on the last six years of research (2006-2012) that has been funded by UPRSGP. The purpose of this series is to make known the efforts that UPRSG has made to support marine and coastal related research to better understand our local ecosystems and improve management strategies.

Stay tuned for the first post of the Research at UPRSGP series!


Contributed by: J. Seda


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UPRSGCP Request-For-Proposals 2014-2016

The University of Puerto Rico Sea Grant College Program (UPRSGCP) is now soliciting preliminary proposals for projects which, if selected, will begin February 1, 2014 and run through January 30, 2016. All faculty and academic staff from Puerto Rico and US Virgin Island universities, Non-Governmental Organizations and researchers working in PR/USVI waters from other mainland institutions are invited to apply (Sea Grant personnel may not apply). As indicated in the Request-For-Proposals, pre-proposals are due on March 15, 2013.

Please let us know if you plan on submitting your pre-proposal. If you send us an indication of what the research problem deals with, it will help us to select reviewers beforehand and quicken the process of review.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Kurt Grove
UPR Sea Grant Research Coordinator

Click here to read the full announcement for the UPRSG Request-For-Proposals in more detail.

Click here to read the UPRSG Project Summary Form.

Click here to read the UPRSG Budget Summary.

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36th AMLC Meeting: Sustainability AND Resilience – June 2013

The Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean (AMLC) has announced its 36th Scientific Meeting for June 17-21, 2013 in Discovery Bay, Jamaica. The meeting is being hosted by the Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory of the University of the West Indies. The theme of this year’s meeting is Managing for Sustainability AND Resilience: Challenges for CZM in the Caribbean.

Topics of special interest for this year’s meeting include:

Connectivity (habitat linkages between coral reefs, mangroves and sea grass, larval distribution patterns, spawning aggregations, land-sea interactions, biological oceanography)

Global and Regional Issues (global warming, regional patterns of coral bleaching and disease, physical oceanography, remote sensing, GIS, coastal processes, natural disturbances, pollution, sedimentation)

Resource Management (MPAs, ecosystem approaches to coastal management, fisheries, aquaculture, conservation, monitoring and assessment, social economics, public awareness)

Ecology (ecology, behavior, reproduction, diseases, invasive organisms, food web dynamics, reef resilience, deep coral reefs, species inventories and range extensions, and habitat mapping)

The AMLC plans to make special efforts to encourage participation from environmental managers and decision makers in the meeting with the hope of widening AMLC’s impact in the region.

Other issues of interest for the AMLC meeting include:

The panacea of mitigation in coastal zone development – changing the paradigm of coastal zone management in the Caribbean

Principles of interconnectivity – the true economic and social cost of coastal zone development in Caribbean countries

The challenge of translating scientific knowledge into effective management practices

Trans-boundary marine science as a vehicle for improving International partnerships

Coastal Restoration – Caribbean challenges

Interested in finding out more about it? Click here to read more!

Abstract deadline is April 30, 2013!

Contributed by: J. Seda
Information obtained from: AMLC website

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26th International Congress for Conservation Biology – July 2013

Are you an avid conservation biologist or have done recent studies related to conservation biology? If your answer is yes, then you should check out the 26th International Congress for Conservation Biology sponsored by the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) to be held July 21-25, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Abstracts of proposals are currently being accepted until January 30, 2013. The theme for this year’s meeting is Connecting systems, disciplines, and stakeholders. The SCB also sponsors Student Award Candidates and a Mentoring Program for students interested in participating in the meeting.

For more information, please visit the website here.

Contributed by: J. Seda

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Prioritizing UPR Sea Grant goals and strategies

UPR Sea Grant (UPRSG) CRA team is currently asking researchers and experts who have conducted recent studies in the Caribbean region to participate in an online survey to prioritize the research that UPRSG conducts in Puerto Rico, the USVI and, in general, the Caribbean.

As part of a US national program, UPR Sea Grant aligns its research with the focus areas that are defined at the national level. The National Sea Grant Focus Areas consist of:

1. Healthy Coastal Ecosystems

2. Sustainable Coastal Development

3. Safe and Sustainable Seafood Supply

4. Hazard Resilience and Coastal Communities

For more details about these focus areas, please visit the National Sea Grant website at

The survey was designed to help identify the goals and strategies, which are aligned with the National Sea Grant focus areas, that need immediate attention in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands (US Caribbean).

The UPR Sea Grant strategic plan for 2010-2014 is currently available at

UPR Sea Grant would like to discover practical solutions to problems of resource management and utilization. Bearing this in mind, the comments obtained from this survey will continue to help us design future request-for-proposals and will contribute to our ongoing assessment of research needs in the Caribbean.

If you would like to participate in our survey (takes only about 10 minutes to complete), please send an e-mail message to:

Kurt Grove (

Jasmine Seda (

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‘Fishing’ info about a marine species? –

Many of the experts and stakeholders we have surveyed have repeatedly emphasized the need to develop a searchable database that would provide valuable information about marine species. Apparently, someone has been listening and converting that need into a reality. If you’ve been “fishing” for some data about a particular marine species, may provide some insight based on the information made available by many partners, support from the Oak Foundation, and the Global Greengrants Fund.

The database lets users search by:

  1. Common name
  2. Scientific name
  3. Glossary (or keyword)
  4. Information by Country or Island (which includes species groupings, biodiversity, uses, tools and miscellaneous data)
  5. Information by Ecosystem
  6. Information by Topic (which includes trophic ecology, life history, uses and miscellaneous data)
  7. Tools
  8. References (publications)

To date, the searchable database (which is available in different languages) consists of:

  • 14,700 species
  • 26, 100 common names
  • 11,100 pictures
  • 17,100 references
  • 230 collaborators

To visit the database, just click here and happy searching!

Contributed by: J. Seda


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CRCP Grant Announcement – FY13 Domestic Coral Reef Conservation Grants

FY13 Coral Reef Conservation Program – Domestic Coral Reef Conservation Grants

Weblink to complete Grant Announcement:

As posted in Grant Announcement:

Description: The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program, as authorized under the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000, provides matching grants of financial assistance through the Domestic Coral Reef Conservation Grant program to institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, commercial organizations, and local and Indian tribal government agencies. These awards are intended to support coral reef conservation projects in shallow water coral reef ecosystems, including reefs at mesophotic depths, in American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and coral-dominated banks in U.S. portions of the Gulf of Mexico. Projects may be proposed in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and the U.S. Pacific Remote Island Areas (PRIA), but these locations are not considered geographic priorities under this announcement.

Proposals submitted to this competition must address at least one of the following four categories:

1) Fishing Impacts;

2) Land-Based Sources of Pollution;

3) Climate Change; and

4) Local and Emerging Management Issues.

These categories are described in more detail in the full Federal Funding Opportunity announcement. All proposed work should be consistent with the Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) National Goals and Objectives 2010-2015 ( and/or the relevant Jurisdictional Coral Reef Management Priorities ( developed for each of the seven states and territories.

Proposals selected for funding through this solicitation will be implemented through a grant and will require a 1:1 match of non-Federal funds. Funding for this program is subject to the availability of FY 2013 Congressional appropriations and is expected to range between approximately $500,000 to approximately $1,000,000. Funding will be divided among the U.S. Pacific and Atlantic regions to maintain the geographic balance of the Coral Grant Program portfolio overall, as required by the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000. NOAA expects that each applicant will request Federal funding at a funding level between $30,000 and $80,000 under this solicitation and that the average award size will be approximately $50,000.

Closing date: November 01, 2012

For more information regarding this grant announcement, please visit or the above link.

Contact Info:

Liz Fairey, Federal Program Officer, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (

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Mapping and monitoring with marine remote sensing data and images: Online toolkit shows promise

One of the most frequent comments made by scientists/technicians/managers in our focus groups and surveys has been the need to develop tools that can help make research information/data easier to visualize or to understand and more applicable to their own region.

The Marine Remote Sensing Toolkit, developed by the Biophysical Remote Sensing group at the University of Queensland in Australia, is a free online program that lets you use remote sensing images (such as from satellites or aircraft) to map and monitor local or regional environmental features or processes. Possible changes in these environments over time can also be analyzed using this toolkit. Users should be aware that the toolkit is an on-going project that is updated on occasion to enhance its features and help users with their analyses.

For more information, please contact:

Stuart Phinn (, 61-7-33656526)

Chris Roelfsema (, 61-7-33656977)

Centre for Spatial Environmental Research (Biophysical remote Sensing Group)
School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management
University of Queensland,
Brisbane, Queensland, 4072

Contributed by: J. Seda

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Ohio Sea Grant – Webinar: Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie

Ohio Sea Grant will be sponsoring the webinar “Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie” on July 5, 2012.

If you would like to participate, please register by clicking here.

If you would like more information, please visit NOAA’s National Ocean Service website dedicated to providing more details on the occurrence of these blooms and other topics –

If you would like to read about harmful algal blooms in Ohio waters, check out the Ohio Sea Grant Fact Sheet by clicking here.


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FSG Funding Opportunity – Evaluation of Methods to Control Lionfish

Are you interested in conducting research that is associated with controlling the impacts of lionfish?

Florida Sea Grant has announced a call for proposals on research that identifies “methods to control the spread and/or the reduce the impacts of lionfish in the NOAA South Atlantic and Caribbean regions.”

The deadline for submission is July 16, 2012, 4 PM EST–NO EXTENSIONS.

[Cited from Call]:

“Research projects selected in this competition will be funded for a period of two years. The following are key dates associated with the project cycle. Florida Sea Grant is coordinating the review process for this competition, in coordination with the Sea Grant programs of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Puerto Rico. Funding for this project is provided by the National Sea Grant Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Department of Commerce.”

For more information, please visit the official website here or download a copy of the call here.

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