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Sea Grant Reporter hot off the press

9:45 a.m., June 15, 2004--The latest edition of the University of Delaware Sea Grant Reporter, a colorful, informative educational bulletin highlighting the Sea Grant College Program’s research, education and outreach efforts, is inserted in the Tuesday, June 15, edition of the Wilmington News Journal.

The Reporter also includes a brief take-out survey asking readers what marine topics they would like to learn more about. Those who fill out and mail the survey will be entered into a drawing for a Great Coastal Gift Package that includes several prizes, including books on sea life and a weekend for two at UD’s Virden Center in Lewes.

Carolyn A. Thoroughgood, dean of UD’s Graduate College of Marine Studies, emphasized the importance of good management of the ocean that covers more than 70 percent of the Earth, supplies jobs and food, and drives our weather.

“In the past few months, the release of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy’s preliminary report has focused renewed attention on the ocean’s importance in our daily lives. The report calls for sweeping changes in ocean management, expanded marine research and increased public education about ocean and coastal resources,” Thoroughgood wrote in a letter to Gov. Ruth Ann Minner upon presenting the report.

Thoroughgood said the Sea Grant College Program goal is to assist with the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy’s efforts by fostering the wise use, conservation and management of Delaware’s marine resources through targeted research, education and public outreach.

Among the research projects outlined in the annual report are the work of UD scientists Nancy Targett and Pam Green, working to develop a synthetic bait that eel and conch like as much as the depleted horseshoe crab; the microelectrode sensor UD marine chemist George Luther developed to analyze canal water; and UD marine scientist David Hutchins’ work with brown tide, a microscopic plant that forms a coffee-colored soup that sunlight can’t penetrate; plus other groundbreaking research efforts.

The report is also available at the Sea Grant College Program web site at [www.ocean.udel.edu/publications/Newsletter/reporter/2004/Index.html].

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