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In the wake of two of the worst natural disasters in our Nation’s history, NOAA Sea Grant is providing critical information to residents and business owners in communities affected by the storms.
“NOAA’s Sea Grant network will help us get needed information and assistance to an important segment of those affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Ph.D., undersecretary for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “Their local expertise and knowledge will greatly benefit hurricane victims and help to restore the area’s marine economy.”
The Louisiana Sea Grant College Program has launched a Recovery Resources website at http://www.laseagrant.org/hurricane/index.htm. The site offers information on wetlands, seafood and water quality to ports, economic impacts and rebuilding concerns. Experts in a variety of fields provide the best current information, and updates are made as new data become available.
Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service are collaborating to place a Vietnamese-speaking Sea Grant extension agent in Mississippi to work on recovery efforts with the fishing industry. The agent will assist the Asian communities in the affected areas in understanding hurricane relief programs, including NOAA Fisheries disaster programs that may be implemented. The agent will also collaborate with NOAA Fisheries, Pascagoula Laboratory to communicate with Asian fishers in the Gulf Region.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, vibrio vulnificus, a naturally occurring marine bacterium that can cause serious infections in humans, could become an even greater danger. California and Georgia Sea Grant have developed a vibrio informational website at http://safeoysters.org. The site includes information about how the disease impacts shellfish and its threat to humans through skin wounds. Vibrio infection can occur from exposing open wounds or sores to seawater containing the bacterium (60% of U.S. cases) or by eating raw or undercooked shellfish (40% of U.S. cases), especially oysters.
Sea Grant is also helping in a variety of other ways, including:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the
U.S. Commerce Department, is dedicated to enhancing economic security
and national safety through the prediction and research of weather
and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship
of our nation’s coastal and marine resources.
To learn more about NOAA Sea Grant’s Gulf Relief Efforts, please visit: http://www.seagrant.noaa.gov/other/admininfo.html