N.H. Sea Grant Program Management (1999-2013)

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Project Type: 
Management

Participants:

Stephen Jones N.H. Sea Grant Associate Director and Asst Director for Research
Jonathan Pennock N.H. Sea Grant Director
Brian Doyle (Deceased 12/2008) N.H. Sea Grant Associate Director
Abstract: 

The primary goal of the management team of the N.H. Sea Grant College Program is to provide focus and coherence to the program's diverse range of marine, education, extension and communications activities. Active leadership is required to provide focus for our research efforts in order to identify new opportunities and needs in marine resource use, to draw excellent researchers into the Sea Grant community, and to work toward societal relevance and impact for the results of the research we fund.

N.H. Sea Grant management also serves an integrative function in order to ensure close coordination among research, extension, education and communications functions, to participate actively in the Sea Grant network of state and regional programs, to communicate with and respond to our federal and local oversight and advisory bodies and to provide sound financial management of the federal funds entrusted to us.

Objectives: 

The principle thrusts of the New Hampshire Sea Grant Program are:

• To focus the program on priority concerns of the northern New England coastal ocean constituency.

• To execute the functional and operational responsibilities of the program in a manner consistent with the NOAA Office of Sea Grant objectives.

• To maintain close liaison with the region's research community so that their talents can be applied to priority concerns in a manner consistent with professional growth, and wise use and understanding of our northern New England marine resources.

• To maintain liaison with state agencies, industrial and business interests, and community organizations in order to understand their needs and goals and to integrate them into the program.

• To foster new program initiatives in response to the priority needs of the region and ensure a progressive, dynamic program.

Methodology: 

To focus our Strategic Plan and program resources on the primary concerns of our northern New England ocean constituency, NHSG staff maintain close liaisons with key government agency, industry and business, community, and research partners through extension, outreach, participation in regional meetings, and individual interactions. We maintain an active and engaged Policy Advisory Committee that represents the long-term and emerging needs of the state and region, and use their advice to ensure a progressive, dynamic program. The program directors are attuned to NOAA Office of Sea Grant objectives and requirements and engage the full staff in executing functional and operational responsibilities in a timely fashion.

Rationale: 

Management will provide the program direction necessary to achieve the objectives stated above. The information and communication necessary to execute those objectives will be shared, as appropriate, with the principal investigators, the Sea Grant network throughout the U.S. and the National Sea Grant Office.

Accomplishments: 

2013

N.H. Sea Grant’s new website facilitates interactions with the program’s stakeholders
Launched in 2013, N.H. Sea Grant’s new Drupal-based website has improved the flow of information to the program’s many audiences. Incorporating both the former program website and the UNH/NHSG Marine Docent Program website, the new site allows staffers to maintain their own portions of the site and thus makes it more responsive to multiple users. It also features social media, becoming a two-way avenue of communication.

N.H. Sea Grant 2013-14 Program Guide highlights research and extension activities
N.H. Sea Grant produced the four-page 2013-14 Program Guide to provide an overview of its mission and focus areas. This version is significantly different than prior editions — it is brief, photo-heavy and intended to be more user-friendly and engaging. The reader is encouraged to access additional information and watch videos on the N.H. Sea Grant website and social media platforms. This publication was distributed electronically to stakeholders, researchers and congressional staffers to improve visibility of N.H. Sea Grant and emphasize the impact the program is having on the region. The Program Guide will also serve as the anchor to forthcoming information sheets that detail activities related to N.H. Sea Grant’s four focus areas.

Northeast Sea Grant Consortium supports regional socio-economic projects
During 2013, the Northeast Sea Grant Consortium issued a regional call for socio-economic proposals specifically in the areas of offshore energy utilization and coastal resiliency to impacts of climate change. For that solicitation, we received 30 pre-proposals. A pre-proposal review panel included all Northeast Sea Grant directors, in addition to representatives from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) and the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC). Nine pre-proposals were selected for full proposal development and from those proposals three were selected for support to begin in FY2014. The selected proposals are:

Johnston, Robert J., Moeltner, K., Blinn, C., and Feurt, C. (Clark University) Coastal hazards and Northeast housing values: comparative implications for climate change adaptation and community resilience. Amount awarded: Year 1 $87,500; Year 2 $87,500.

Hoagland, P., Duff, J., Jin, D., and Kite-Powell, H. (WHOI) Buy out or build back? A comparative assessment of approaches to employing public funding to vulnerable coastal properties in the Northeastern United States. Year 1 $87,500; Year 2 $87,500.

Grabowski, J.H. and Ruth, M. (Northeastern University) Social and ecological factors influencing shoreline hardening in the Northeast: Implications for vulnerability, resilience, and informed decision making. Amount awarded: Year 1 $87,500; Year 2 $87,500.

The first two projects were supported by Omnibus funds to the seven northeast sea Grant programs (Maine, N.H., MIT, WHOI, R.I., Conn., and N.Y.); the third project was supported by additional funds from the National Sea Grant Office allocated to each of these programs.

Publications

Available from the National Sea Grant Library (use NHU number to search) or NH Sea Grant

Report

  • N.H. Sea Grant Director's Letter (2002). Ann Bucklin.
  • Maine/NH Sea Grant project directory 2000.
  • Gulf of Maine Regional Science Priorities Workshop - Impacts of stressors on coastal ecosystems (2009). Stephen Jones, editor.

Brochure

  • New Hampshire Sea Grant Brochure (2002).

Program Guide

  • N.H. Sea Grant Program Guide 2013-2014.
  • N.H. Sea Grant Program Guide 2002.
  • N.H. Sea Grant Program Guide 2003.
  • N.H. Sea Grant Program Guide 2004.
  • N.H. Sea Grant Program Guide 2005.
  • N.H. Sea Grant Program Guide 2008-2009.
  • N.H. Sea Grant Program Guide 2006-2007.
  • N.H. Sea Grant Program Guide 2010-2011.

Periodical

  • Seafare (1999).
  • Seafare (1997).
  • Seafare (1998).

CD/Video

  • The Fleetlink Program (2001).

Strategic Plan

  • N.H. Sea Grant Implementation Plan 2002-2002.
  • New Hampshire Sea Grant: Strategic Plan 2001-2006.
  • New Hampshire Sea Grant Strategic Plan 2007-2011.
  • New Hampshire Sea Grant Strategic Plan 2011-2013.