Help Save SC Sea Grant!

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Davis Folsom
9 years ago
Over 30 years ago a job with SC Sea Grant brought me to South Carolina. Here, in Beaufort, Amber VonHarten is a leader for a variety of efforts to remind, educate, and involve citizens in preserving our incredible coastal resources. We need Sea Grant's continued leadership.

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Portia Woodward
9 years ago
I am a direct descendant of a proud Gullah Geechee man. So to me this is a major part of my history. And it's important to me to help save the SC Sea Grant.

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Linda Torres
9 years ago
Preserving and improving our coastal resources is important on both sides of our country, but SC has an exceptional historical past to maintain!

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Frank Waters
10 years ago
To whom it may concern,

I can honestly speak for any driven students that have preformed independent research using either the space or sea grants in saying that these grants profoundly increased the quality and depth of our educational careers while in SC.

And if you are tempted to think of the “shrimp on the treadmill” thing I wish to note that that was a very small part of the associated study (the device was less than a $1000 if my memory serves). To grossly simplify: the study’s aim was to examine the immune system response of the species of shrimp off the coast of SC. That is somewhat important if we are to understand population dynamics for an animal that is vital to the shrimping industry in SC. Moral of the story: research like this has objective value even if most people don’t see it or understand the study.

The sea grant is NOT ‘free money for ivory tower professors sitting on their bums’ it is the promise of the ability to give South Carolina’s college students the chance to gain real lab, field, and research experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels. I was given $5000 by the space grant for research. Zero of that went to my overseeing professors; for them they were teaching and that was all they wanted from the experience.

To SC politicians: If you want the state of South Carolina to stay at the hind end of the nation when it comes to education by means destroy the sea grant and anything like it. I’m sure the law makers of this era will be remembered solely for their fiscal conservatism and not their cultural short-sightedness.

Yours Truly,
Frank Waters, BS Geology, 2011 College of Charleston

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Esther Peters
10 years ago
I grew up in SC and still have family there. SC Sea Grant Consortium has done an excellent job in public education and scientific research to improve the state's coastal resources. The staff is nationally and internationally respected. SC should be proud to support this organization, which provides a lot of bang for the taxpayer's buck!

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John Fisk
10 years ago
As President of the Low Country Master Naturalist Association I am intimately aware of ecological needs and issues in coastal SC. The SC Sea Grant had functioned well to address these issues thus helping to preserve one of our state's most valued resources.

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Alicia Fitzpatrick
10 years ago
wetland as well as lowcountry estuary and ecosystem preservation.

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Alex Renaud
10 years ago
The beautiful ecosystems of our coasts are a critical driver of not only the American spirit, but the American economy. Shutting down the ability of people who manage different aspects of the coasts to network, connect, and implement new ideas is a terrible idea that will hinder rather than help.

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Heather Walbright
10 years ago
This is vital to the tourism industy, which the Charleston area's business is dependent on.

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Kim Kosko
10 years ago
As a Sea Grant colleague in a similar Consortium situation in another state , I appreciate and understand the exceptional value of the information and resources provided by SCSG to the stakeholders of South Carolina and the impact it has on the future of SC's coastal resources.