Awards and achievements in CAHNR

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Sea Grant recently announced a number of awards for collaborative aquaculture projects that involved UConn Extension educators in Connecticut Sea Grant.

Anoushka Concepcion, an assistant extension educator in UConn Extension focusing on marine aquaculture with the Connecticut Sea Grant Program, was named the lead PI of a $1.1 million project to establish a National Sea Grant Seaweed Hub. The National Sea Grant announcement describes the hub as a “central clearinghouse for available science-based, non-proprietary, practical resources related to previous and current seaweed aquaculture research and extension efforts. The Seaweed Hub would enable Sea Grant programs as well as federal and state agencies to access current information to guide their own planning and outreach efforts. The establishment of the Seaweed Hub will also provide seaweed aquaculture stakeholders with the information they need to make better informed decisions.”

Tessa Getchis, a senior extension educator in UConn Extension focusing on marine aquaculture with the Connecticut Sea Grant Program, was named lead PI for a $1.2 million project entitled “Advancing Southern New England Shellfish Aquaculture Through an Engaged Public and Next Generation Decision Support Tools.” The project is set to “expand available science-based tools and information to proactively and effectively engage the public, press and decision-makers about the social, economic and environmental effects of shellfish aquaculture, to expand entry level training opportunities and to improve decision-making for permitting. Finally, the use of social science will ensure that we develop and provide information that is supported by science and that addresses public concerns and interests. The overall goal is an effective strategy to identify and promote beneficial bivalve aquaculture development in New England.”

By Jason M. Sheldon