New Jersey Sea Grant Attends Sea Grant Mid-Atlantic Meeting

May 3rd, 2022
From Headwaters to Coastal Waters Sea Grant Programs in The Mid-Atlantic Region Work Together to Enhance Coastal and Great Lakes Resources

Scenes from the 2022 Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant Regional Meeting held in Ocean City, Maryland on Apr. 4-7, 2022. (Photo by Aileen Devlin | Virginia Sea Grant)

Several members of the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium team attended the Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting, which occurred April 5-7, 2022, in Ocean City Maryland. The conference is one of the best opportunities for programs within the region to network and collaborate with neighboring states. The meeting featured a variety of breakout sessions, mobile field trips, and panel discussions highlighting the impressive work of Sea Grant programs.

From left to right: Laura Kerr, Samantha Kreisler, Pete Rowe, Tom Herrington, and Diana Burich. (Photo by Samantha Kreisler | New Jersey Sea Grant)

Our team was able to share information, form new partnerships, and learn about innovative projects happening in our states. NJSGC representatives included Pete Rowe (Executive Director), Diana Burich (Director of Education), Samantha Kreisler (Communications Specialist), Laura Kerr (Coastal Resilience Specialist), and Tom Herrington (Coastal Community Resilience Specialist).

Many of our staff were given the opportunity to showcase their impressive work at NJSGC. Diana Burich gave an informative presentation on NJSGC’s work with underserved minority students in Asbury Park and Neptune. Laura Kerr and Tom Herrington also gave presentations on the tools they’re using in the New Jersey community.

Diana Burich gives an informative presentation on NJSGC’s work with underserved minority students in Asbury Park and Neptune. (Photo by Aileen Devlin | Virginia Sea Grant)

The awards ceremony took place at Fager’s Island for the presentation of the Mid-Atlantic Awards. NJSGC’s own extension specialist Tom Herrington received the 2021 Outstanding Outreach Award was for his work with residents and government officials in Ocean City, NJ to find solutions for chronic nuisance flooding in the community.

Peter Rowe (left) presents Tom Herrington (right) with the 2021 Outstanding Outreach Award (Photo by Aileen Devlin | Virginia Sea Grant)

With lots of new ideas, learned skills, and important connections the meeting was an overall success! Special thanks to those who helped put the event together. It was a pleasure seeing our colleagues at Delaware Sea Grant, Maryland Sea Grant, New York Sea Grant, North Carolina Sea Grant, Pennsylvania Sea Grant, Virginia Sea Grant, and National Sea Grant.