Texas Coast Report Card released!

Texas, USA. The Texas Coast Ecosystem Health Report Card was released on May 29, which graded Texas Coast Ecosystems at a B-. Key messages from the report card were that oyster reefs continued to struggle after the extreme rainfall from Hurricane Harvey. Seagrasses also struggle in some areas from poor water quality. Coastal fisheries, however, have been improving steadily. The project was funded through the State of Texas and was a partnership between Harte Research Institute and UMCES.

Welcome, Annie!

Annie Carew is the new Science Communication intern at the Annapolis office, where she assists in the creation of various science communication products. Annie recently graduated from UMCES with a Master’s degree; her thesis focused on genetic identity in SAV restoration. In her spare time, Annie enjoys reading, board games, and exploring.

Merida, Mexico!

Heath Kelsey gave a keynote address at the First Coastal Resilience Symposium held June 19-21, 2019 in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. The meeting brought together a diverse, international group of experts in coastal science, engineering, and management to discuss coastal resilience and sustainability. Heath's talk focused on an initiative of Future Earth Coasts called, "Our Coastal Futures".

NOAA Coral Reefs, USA

Between May and June 2019, IAN facilitated four workshops for NOAA's National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP). IAN worked with NOAA scientists and local stakeholders to collect data for a series of upcoming status reports that will inform the public about the health of U.S. corals in the Atlantic.