2015 Annual Report | Volume 34
Since its inception in 1966, a strong set of core values has provided a foundation for Sea Grant’s work across the U.S. Founded on a belief in the critical importance of university-based research and stakeholder engagement, Sea Grant is able to rapidly identify and capitalize on opportunities and to generate timely, practical solutions to real problems in real places.
Here in our annual public report, we feature our research, outreach and educational programs in the four focus areas that steer our work for the 2014–2017 time frame: resilient communities and economies; healthy coastal ecosystem; sustainable fisheries and aquaculture; and environmental literacy and workforce development. While one of these focus areas calls out “resilience” specifically, elements of resilience and addressing climate change are woven throughout all that we do.
Looking ahead, this year has already been, and will continue to be, a very busy year for Delaware Sea Grant. In addition to business as usual, there are many national Sea Grant priorities for us here in Delaware, including our federal site review in June; annual reporting submissions to Sea Grant’s Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation Resources (PIER) system; and our funding proposal for the 2016–2018 time frame.
By the time the Reporter reaches you, you will have undoubtedly heard that our DESG Director Dr. Nancy Targett will serve as Interim President of the University of Delaware, effective July 1, upon the departure of UD President Patrick Harker. Until her return at the hiring of a new President, Dr. Mohsen Badiey, deputy dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, will be CEOE’s Acting Dean and I will serve as Acting Director of Delaware Sea Grant. In addition, Ed Lewandowski, DESG’s coastal communities development specialist, serve as Acting Director of our Marine Advisory Service.
Delaware Sea Grant makes a real difference to the State of Delaware, and because of its engagement the University of Delaware is a better place. Though the changes are many this year, we have a strong core of experts who will undoubtedly keep forward momentum. Thank you for your interest in Delaware’s coast and Delaware Sea Grant.
James M. Falk
Acting Director, Delaware Sea Grant
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