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Title: Budget report, Florida Sea Grant College Program 2007 - 2008.
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Florida Sea Grant College Program
Program Report and Budget Request for 2007-08

March 16, 2007
Jim Cato, Director

Mission and Purpose


The Florida Sea Grant College Program (FSG) is now in its 37th year. FSG is the only
statewide university-based program that delivers research, education, extension/outreach and
communication services focused on coastal and marine issues. One of 32 Sea Grant programs
nationally, FSG is a partnership program among the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA), Florida's universities and Florida's citizens, businesses and


Florida Sea Grant's mission is to enhance the practical use and conservation of coastal
and marine resources to create a sustainable economy and environment. In a few words, it is
"Science Serving Florida's Coast." FSG's strategic goals are summarized below with complete
details about each goal available in the strategic plan for 2006-2009
http://www.flseagrant.org/about us/strategic/index.htm.

Providing Economic Leadership
Biotechnology: Using Marine Biotechnology to Create and Enhance Products and
Processes from Florida's Coastal Resources
Fisheries: Create and Teach Production and Management Techniques that make
Fisheries Sustainable and Competitive
Aquaculture: Develop the Food and Hobby Segments of the Marine Aquaculture
Seafood Safety: Improve the Quality and Safety of Florida's Seafood Products
Waterfront Communities: Increase the Economic Competitiveness and Environmental
Sustainability of Coastal Communities and Water-Dependent Businesses
Enhancing Coastal Stewardship and Public Safety
Ecosystem Health: Protect, Restore and Enhance Coastal Ecosystems
Coastal Hazards: Respond to Shoreline Change and Coastal Hazards
Improve Scientific Literacy
Graduate Education: Produce a Highly Trained Workforce in Marine and Coastal
Related Sciences
Marine Education: Create Scientifically and Environmentally Informed Citizens

Institutional Setting

FSG is a State of Florida Center within the university complex of the state. FSG
ultimately reports to the Florida Board of Education, Division of Colleges and Universities, Vice
Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. State of Florida Centers must: 1) achieve a
statewide mission; 2) have a strong working relationship with two or more universities; and 3) be

successful in leveraging external funding support. Each State of Florida Center operates from a
host campus (the University of Florida for FSG). The FSG director reports to the Senior Vice
President for Academic Affairs/Provost and consults with the Senior Vice President for
Agriculture and Natural Resources since some FSG programs (Extension/Communications) are
linked to UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). Figure 1 gives an overview of
FSG participants and locations.

FSG is not a traditional academic unit; it is not a department, school or college. Funded
research and graduate student support is provided through research grants awarded to the faculty
on a competitive basis. Faculty and staff hired for Extension and Communications are physically
housed in academic departments or units based on their discipline or in county Extension offices.
However, they plan together and function as a program. On the UF campus, faculty are located in
the Departments of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Food and Resource Economics and Food
Science and Human Nutrition, and faculty are partially funded in the Department of Tourism,
Recreation and Sport Management and the College of Law. Recent research projects have been
funded by FSG in such diverse departments as Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Food Science
and Human Nutrition, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Florida Museum of Natural History,
Zoology, Civil and Coastal Engineering and Environmental Horticulture. FSG core federal
funding represents approximately 40-45 FTEs of activity spread across about 100 faculty on an
annual basis. This does not include FTEs generated from national competitions and other revenue
streams. When these are included, FSG probably accounts for approximately 100 FTEs of
program activity, and all the activity is linked to key departments at UF and other universities

Goals and Expected Outcomes

FSG sets high expectations for performance and accountability. Each year a work plan is
prepared which outlines the tasks to be accomplished during that year. The work plan for 2006
can be found at http://www.flseagrant.org/about us/plan of work/index.htm The work plan
includes not only programmatic goals in research and education but also management goals. For
example, we set a management goal that at least 25% of our funding allocated to research be used
as graduate student assistantships. For 2006-07, that percentage was 30%. During the spring of
the following year (now during 2007) a "performance counts" document is prepared that reports
our accomplishments against the previous year's work plan. Work is currently underway on that
document which is normally completed during May. In addition, we are now required to submit
an annual report to NOAA via the NOAA grants online system. Rather than repeat all these
materials in this report, a copy of the work plan, performance measures, the recent online NOAA
report and most recent performance counts report will be brought to the program review.

Strategic Plan Fit

FSG clearly responds to the Board of Governor's Strategic Plan. We place a high priority
on supporting graduate students in our research programs which responds to the goal of creating
access to and production of degrees. We focus on meeting statewide professional and workforce
needs by producing graduates with backgrounds in coastal-related and marine sciences since
Florida's ocean economy is second nationally only to California, and 77% if the states economic
activity occurs in the coastal counties. We are helping build world-class academic programs and
research capacity by focusing on strategic areas. Key examples are our efforts in marine
biotechnology, seafood safety and quality and waterways management. We have been recognized
as national leaders in these areas. Our mission also fills a unique institutional responsibility in that

Figure 1. Florida Sea Grant's Academic Community of Marine Research, Education and

Participating Institutions
Research & Education Faculty
(Locations shown are approximate)

University of West Florida, Pensacola
Florida A&M University, Tallahassee
Florida State University, Tallahassee
University of North Florida, Jacksonville
University of Florida, Gainesville
University of Central Florida, Orlando
Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne
University of South Florida, Tampa & St Petersburg
Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Ft Pierce
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
Nova Southeastern University, Ft Lauderdale
University of Miami, Miami
Florida International University, Miami
Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft Myers
New College of Florida, Sarasota

Sea Grant Extension County Faculty

Santa Rosa
Okaloosa, Walton
SDixie, Levy
Citrus, Hernando, Levy, Pasco, Pinellas
Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota
St Lucle
Nassau, Duval, St Johns, Flagler


Florida Sea Grant State Specialists

Seafood Technology
+ Waterways Boating
Marine/Coastal Law
Recreational Fisheries
Fisheries Habitat
Coastal Planning
+ Estuaries

Florida Sea Grant Management


D Counties in need of Sea Grant
Extension County Faculty

+ Wakulla
+ Palm Beach
Indian River
+ Volusla

N. Tr l-.l.

our statewide program is consistent with UF's statewide (and beyond) reach in research and
Extension education.

FSG's programs are also consistent where appropriate with the UF Strategic Work Plan.
For example, we track our funded PIs to ensure a good mix from assistant to full professor and to
ensure both male and female faculty participation. While the approach is slightly different, we
also support shared governance by having a representative of each of the 16 universities serve as
a member of our campus coordinators group. We engage them in program management decisions
and solicit advice from them on a routine basis. We attempt to reach elite status as a Sea Grant
program among all 32 programs by comparing ourselves to our peer programs (as UF would to its
peer AAU universities). The National Sea Grant ranking and evaluation system places us in the
"top 7" tier of all 32 programs and we compare ourselves to productivity measures where
possible with other programs.


FSG core funding is received from the annual federal appropriation provided to NOAA
for Sea Grant. Federal SG dollars require matching funds of 2 federal; 1 non-federal. Core
funding provides the basis for our ongoing research, extension, communications and management
activities. This is enhanced by funding received from special national Sea Grant competitions.
These two revenue streams are enhanced by six others: faculty match, other federal grants, non-
federal grants, state appropriations, county governments and revenue from endowments. All these
funding sources provided a "program effort" funding level of $4.68 million in 2006-07 (see
Figures 2-4). FSG has a track record of leveraging its state appropriations (which come from both
E&G and IFAS) to expand its program areas. For 2006-07, FSG generated $2.50 in extramural
grant federal funds for each $1.00 of state appropriations used by the program.

Faculty Match Non-Federal Grants
12% 1 5%

Other Federal Grants
2% State Appropriations
Federal Sea Grant 23%
7% Counties

Federal Sea Grant

Figure 2. Florida Sea Grant program funding by source of funds,
2006-07 ($4.68M in program effort).





Figure 3. Allocation of Florida Sea Grant federal Sea Grant core program
funds by program function, 2006-07.











* Naiional Comnpeiiiions,
m Core Fund,

2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06

Figure 4. Florida Sea Grant federal funding, 2001-06

Core Achievements

As noted earlier, FSG sets annual work tasks and performance measures for use in
tracking achievements and accomplishments. The achievements noted below are examples of the
types of achievements we made during 2006. They represent both programmatic achievements as
well as quantitative program-wide assessments.

Marine Biotechnology

In contrast to many other subjects addressed by university outreach and extension efforts, in
which the established audiences and client groups are large, widespread, and established, marine
biotechnology is relatively small and young. But its promise to contribute socially and
economically significant health and industry-related products and processes from living ocean
resources is great. Thus, Florida Sea Grant has found itself in a unique role of educating decision-
makers with focused needs, including business executives, legislators and their staffs, and


scientists -- in contrast to broad and general public audiences. A principal effort in 2006 was
organization by FSG of the Florida Marine Biotechnology Summit V held concurrently with the
annual BioFlorida conference. This affords an outstanding and unique opportunity to deliver
science-based information directly to executives in industry, who may be considering "the buzz"
about marine biotechnology and whether to get involved. In fact, one business executive
responded to the panel on future marine biotechnology opportunities by indicating his interest to
expand into this field. The summit sessions attracted the largest attendance (up to 85) of any of
the concurrent sessions of the BioFlorida event. Governor Jeb Bush participated in the Florida
Sea Grant Marine Biotechnology Student Awards presentations. The associate director also
presented a briefing on marine biotechnology to the U.S. State Department. Development of a
national website on marine biotechnology was completed. The FSG associate director
participated on the national Sea Grant network "theme team" for marine biotechnology to
develop greater coordination and resources among leading Sea Grant programs in the U.S.,
participated on the board of directors of BioFlorida, the statewide trade association for this field,
and maintained liaison with Scripps Florida as well as Tequesta Marine Biosciences, the start-up
company based in part on FSG research.

Waterfront Communities

Due to the rapid increase in population in our coastal areas, there is increased pressure along
the land/water interface resulting in the loss of public access for water users, as well as a loss of
recreational and working waterfronts. As such, planning for the management of waterways and
for the protection of working waterfronts have become major policy initiatives in the state of
Florida. The Florida legislature has passed important legislation requiring local governments to
address these issues in their comprehensive plans, the basic instrument that regulates growth in
Florida. To assist local government, Florida Sea Grant, under the direction of Tom Ankersen and
Richard Hamann and students and faculty associated with the University of Florida Law
Conservation Clinic developed an online resource entitled "Waterways and Waterfronts: A
Community Guide and Policy Tools." This website addresses the legal and policy issues facing
Florida waterways and waterfronts and offers a variety of tools for state and local entities to
consider in planning for the sustainable management of Florida's waterways and the preservation
of its working waterfronts. For more information on this project, see

In addition, in the fall of 2006, Florida Sea Grant, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission and University of Florida Levin College of Law sponsored a major state conference
"From Stem to Stern: Boating and Waterways Management in Florida" that addressed boating
and waterway planning and management issues. Bob Swett, Charles Sidman and Tom Ankersen
provided key leadership roles in the development of this conference. More than 180 local
governmental officials, planners, agency staff, boating industry representatives and interested
public attended this program. Not only did the program provide up-to-date information on current
issues, but also the meeting served, through a facilitated process to identify and prioritize needs
and strategies to address boating and waterway issues in the future. Florida Sea Grant, Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Department of Environmental Protection,
and Florida Department of Community Affairs are using this information to develop joint
educational and outreach programs and projects that will be developed in the 2007-08 time frame.

Workshops and Conferences

During 2006, a total of 791 educational events were conducted by Florida Sea Grant
Extension faculty and funded researchers and graduate students.. These range across the
following examples of activities.

scientific presentations by funded research faculty at scientific conferences
workshops organized by Sea Grant Extension faculty
marine 4-H camps
K-12 teacher education events
international conferences organized
media articles and large attendance events

The number of examples is quite varied, but the activity has been organized by Florida Sea
Grant goal area as shown in Figure 5. The three leading areas are marine education (41.3%),
fisheries (13.9%), and ecosystem health (11.8%). Audience type has also been documented as
shown in Figure 6. Community and general education is the leading audience type (33.6%).
Finally, Figure 7 shows that 90.4% of all activity has occurred within Florida.

45 -4
30 -

5 -0 I

Figure 5. -- Percent of educational events by Florida Sea Grant goal area, 2006.

* Youth, including 4-H


O Scientific and
8.0 Professional
O Agencies and
23.0 Organizations
Formal Education (K-12)


Figure 6. -- Percent of educational events by Florida Sea Grant audience type, 2006.


Within U.S.
(excluding Florida)
O Outside U.S.

Figure 7. -- Percent of educational events by Florida Sea Grant geographic area of delivery, 2006.

Protecting Coastal Structures

The vulnerability of man-made coastal structures to hurricane wind damage was evaluated
along with reductions in risk through the use of retrofits and new construction methods, and a
cost-benefit analysis of these mitigation measures was conducted. The work led to a mitigation
component being incorporated into the Florida Public Hurricane Loss Projection model. In
particular, the effect of various mitigation measures on the building vulnerabilities, including roof
membrane, higher quality shingles, opening protections, improved roof to wall and wall to
foundation connections have been modeled and evaluated. The effect on the damages for typical
homes in different regions of Florida on an annual basis was evaluated. The cost effectiveness of
the different mitigation packages was mapped for the entire state. A new prototype for wireless
sensing of pressure and wind speeds during hurricane landfall was also developed. The
comparison of full-scale and wind-tunnel model loads on residential housing is a significant
contribution to wind engineering, providing for the first time the ability to validate the American
Society of Civil Engineers wind load provisions that were based on wind tunnel tests.

Fisheries Science Application

Streamlined DNA techniques and forensic markers were used to accurately and rapidly
identify shark species and body parts for 30+ shark species found in US Atlantic and Pacific
fisheries and global trade. The technology developed was used by NOAA's Office of Law
Enforcement to enforce fishery management regulations. The results of this (and previous FSG
funded) research continue to be used by NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) to identify
shark body parts confiscated from fishers and seafood dealers suspected of fishery regulation
violations. By early 2006 assistance had been provided to NOAA OLE (SE Division, NE
Division and Guam) on 12 cases so far, with seven of these demonstrating prohibited species.
One especially large and ongoing investigation has found fins from several, high profile
prohibited species (white sharks, basking sharks, sand tiger sharks) in the possession of a U.S.
east coast seafood dealer. The forensic results from this case pertaining to white sharks have been
published in the journal Conservation Genetics, with the NOAA OLE agent in charge as a co-

Publications Productivity

All Sea Grant programs must submit all SG produced publications to the Sea Grant Pell
Depository at the University of Rhode Island. Florida ranks about 6th or 7th in federal funding
levels among the Sea Grant programs. But, during 2006, we ranked first among all programs in
number of PDF downloads (of FSG publications) from the Pell Depository (in fact, we had 40%
of the downloads for the 10 largest programs). FSG ranked third in number of publications
submitted to Pell, second in thesis and dissertations submitted and second in electronic documents

Strategy for Future Achievements

We believe that our current strategic planning and project and program selection process
which determines how we invest our funding for research, education and communications is the
best among the 32 Sea Grant programs. This has been proven by the comments of external review
teams and by the achievements and successes we have made. We intend to keep the same
processes and procedures in place.

Top Challenges

Our biggest challenge is funding. NOAA funding is dismal at the federal level. NOAA is
both a service agency and a science agency and is in the Department of Commerce. It competes
for science appropriations against NSF and NASA, and does not do well in the competition due to
level budget allocations in the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. NOAA has a
different OMB budget examiner (who handles Commerce and focuses on economic
competitiveness and business opportunities) in contrast to NSF and NASA whose OMB budget
examiner understands science. The result is reduced administration appropriations
recommendations for NOAA. Sea Grant has been level funded for a number of years, and
actually had a federal appropriation of $55M (down from $62M) in 2006-07, a lower
appropriation than either the Senate or House mark. Most parts of NOAA had the same fate. The
likely appropriation for this year (still in limbo) is $55M and the president's recommendation for
2008-09 is $55M. This represents about a 10% cut. We have terminated several positions and will
keep recent openings unfilled.

The Sea Grant Association is making a substantial effort to restore funding using tactics
to target the Department of Commerce, OMB and the Congress. For example, FSG visited 22
Florida House offices last week and one Senate office. Other Sea Grant programs are doing the
same. We are also organizing stakeholder and business support for the Sea Grant Program.

Another impediment to success at the state level is lack of Board of Governors support
for State of Florida Centers. Each Center is located at a host institution and must seek host
institution support and priority for LBR's and other funding increases through that institution.
The local institution is not willing to use this as a priority when the funds are used partially in
other institutions. Until the Board of Governors is willing to make Centers a statewide priority
and fund them differently, this situation is unlikely to change.

Unit Improvement Strategies

See the section on Goals and Outcomes. The way we measure our progress is stated in
that section and documents brought to the review will be used as illustrations.

Culture of the Unit

The Sea Grant faculty and staff are an amazing group. They are dedicated to the cause,
the program and in serving the people of the state. They take pride in what they have
accomplished. The biggest problem we have at this time, particularly for staff, is that they are
overworked. We have terminated one full-time and four half-time support staff about the state
due to budget reasons; this of course makes people uneasy about their future. The remaining staff
are doing more, but at the same rate of pay.

We believe in partnerships. For 2006-07, we are partnering with seven regional
organizations (multi-state), five state agencies, 37 Florida counties, six international
organizations, four companies, 21 universities and 11 different SG programs in various
educational activities and projects. A large number of academic disciplines are involved.

FSG is actively involved with the Sea Grant Association and a number of disciplinary or
subject matter focused organizations. A list is available in one of the documents that will be
provided during the review. FSG funded faculty published in seven different academic journals
during 2006.

Budget Requests for New Funding in 2007-08

The greatest need within our management office is funding to hire a TEAMS Office
Assistant. This is a new position, but in fact replaces a long-time position terminated during the
last year that was paid from federal funds. The termination was the result of federal budget cuts
and mandated pay raises over the years with a level federal budget. We have investigated hiring
temp-force people or half-time people on soft money. Neither has been a successful effort. This is
a critical position due to the number of grants and contracts we handle. The former position was
dedicated solely to handling fiscal transactions. The addition of a permanent person from
recurring state funds would drastically relieve the work overload in our office and improve
employee moral. The cost would be $39,395 including fringes.

We are also advancing a Legislative Budget Request for 2008-09 through the IFAS
system. This Coastal Extension Initiative would enhance our FSG statewide Extension Program

which is conducted in partnership through IFAS. The total ask is $1.298M with $1.173M in
recurring funds and $0.125M in non-recurring. The LBR will fund faculty positions in:
Marine Biotechnology
Marine Aquaculture
Coastal Management and Planning
Coastal Law
Coastal Engineering
Boating and Marine Industries
Marine Education

It would also fund eight positions in Florida counties without FSG Extension coverage.
The LBR would fund 60% of each position; the counties the other 40% of each. Finally, three
technicians would be hired; bi-lingual communication specialist, coastal Extension communicator
and a lab technician for the Apalachicola oyster lab. A copy of the LBR will be provided during
the review.

2007-08 Program Review
Budget Request

College/Unit: Sea Grant
Non-Recurring Requests:
Funding Office/Lab
Justification Description of Project Amount Space
(Page location Availability
of narrative) (yes/no)

__ I ______ I __ ___

Funding Area Salary Plan Months Salary Resources Office/Lab
Justification (If interdisplinary, (Faculty, TEAMS, G Title Appointed FTE (Includes (office/lab Space
(Page location note RAOPS) (9,12) fringe renovation and/or Availability
of narrative) College/Department benefits) equipment) (yes/no)
S Connection)

2007-08 Program Review
Budget Request

College/Unit: Sea Grant
Recurring Requests:

Justification Description of Request Amount
(Page location
of narrative)

Funding Area Salary Plan Months Salary Resources Support Office/Lab
Justification (If interdisciplinary, (Faculty, TEAMS, G Title Appointed FTE (Includes (office/lab (office Space
(Page location note RAOPS) (9,12) fringe renovation and/or support, Availability
of narrative) College/Department benefits) equipment) travel) (yes/no)
Florida Sea Grant Teams Office Assistant 12 1.00 $ 39,395 _Yes

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