July 18, 2018

Webinar: The Power of Observations for improved decision making in support of public health and economic vitality: Gathering Alligators, Taking Observations, Realizing Solutions

Join us for the free webinar "The Power of Observations for improved decision making in support of public health and economic vitality: Gathering Alligators, Taking Observations, Realizing Solutions (GATORS)" on July 24 at 12:00 PM ET. Dwayne Porter from University of South Carolina will provide an overview of the value derived by integrating data and sound science in support of public health and economic vitality decision making. Examples will illustrate instances where management decisions have benefited from decision support tools that make use of data integrated across multiple coastal and ocean observing systems. Date: July 24, 2018 Time: 12:00 PM ET Presenter: Dwayne Porter, PhD University of South Carolina Reserve your spot now! Download the flyer!

July 10, 2018

Middle School Students to Launch Mini Sailboat in the Atlantic Gulf Stream

Middle school students at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Florida and other students throughout the Polk County Florida School District, will launch a mini-sailboat in fall 2018. The four-foot mini-sailboat, named the Polk CS Voyager, was assembled by undergraduate students from University of South Florida (USF) – Lisa Richardson and Steven Pink. The Polk CS Voyager will be deployed in the Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf Stream by a team from USF and middle school students in Polk County. Read more >

June 26, 2018

2017 Annual Report

Our 2017 Annual Report is now available online! Thanks to all of our partners, stakeholders and members who make what we do possible. Below is an overview of what the report covers: Message from the Executive Director Providing Vital Data During Hurricane Season Leveraging Public and Private Partnerships Investing in the Next Generation SECOORA By the Numbers SECOORA Projects by State SECOORA Members Click here to view the report and explore our 2017 activities.

June 7, 2018

2018 Annual Meeting Highlights

SECOORA’s Annual meeting brought together coastal ocean scientists from around the Southeast to Charleston, South Carolina on May 22-24. The theme of SECOORA’s meeting was the Blue Economy. The Blue Economy encompasses ocean and coastal dependent activities such as maritime transportation, tourism, fisheries, energy development, and more. Three panels discussed different aspects of the Blue Economy – offshore resources, fisheries management, and local South Carolina perspectives on economic opportunities. Click here to read the highlight story.

June 4, 2018

South Atlantic Bight Marine Assessment Published Online

The Nature’s Conservancy South Atlantic Bight Marine Assessment (SABMA) has been published online. The assessment is a data collection and analysis initiative designed to improve understanding of the regional distribution of key habitats and species. More information is available on the Nature Conservancy website. Access the full PDF here.

May 3, 2018

SECOORA Public Forum – Extreme Events, the Blue Economy, and Ocean Observations

How do resiliency efforts reduce risks and what ocean data supports those efforts? Join us for a discussion in Charleston, SC on how extreme events impact the blue economy - including businesses, communities and marine life. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg will open the forum with a few remarks on the city’s resiliency efforts. When: Wednesday - May 23, 2018 | 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM Where: Hyatt Place + Hyatt House Charleston / Historic District (560 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403) Register: Click here to register. Light refreshments will be provided.

April 16, 2018

Webinar: Passive acoustic monitoring on a SV3 Wave Glider for fish spawning aggregation detection and characterization

Reserve your spot for the next SECOORA Webinar "Passive acoustic monitoring on a SV3 Wave Glider for fish spawning aggregation detection and characterization". Laurent Cherubin from FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute will discuss  a novel, autonomous approach to conduct fishery independent surveys in order to search and discover unreported aggregations by mapping the underwater acoustic landscape using an unmanned platform in areas that surround currently known spawning aggregations during the spawning season. Reserve your spot now!

April 11, 2018

FY 18 IOOS Budget Increase

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act was passed by Congress on March 22, 2018. It included support for many ocean and coastal programs including the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®). IOOS regional systems were allocated $35 million, an increase of $4.3 million from FY 17. This support will allow the eleven IOOS regional observing system to fill critical gaps in the High-Frequency (HF) Radar network and underwater glider observatory.

April 4, 2018

New Wave Buoy Near the Florida Keys

A new wave buoy was deployed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on April 1, approximately 30 miles east of Key West, Florida.  This buoy will report local wave conditions such as wave height, wave period, wave direction, surface current and temperature every 30 minutes. Access the buoy data on the SECOORA Marine Weather Portal !

March 28, 2018

SOCAN March Newsletter

Southeast Ocean and Coastal Acidification Network (SOCAN) just sent out their March newsletter. Learn about a new OA monitoring station in Tampa Bay and more. Read it here!