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7 Research Projects for 2018-2020 Receive Funding from Ohio Sea Grant

Published: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Ohio Sea Grant has completed reviews for its 2018-2020 research grants program, funding seven projects at universities across Ohio and along the Lake Erie coast. The selected projects focus on various aspects of harmful algal blooms, fisheries, pharmaceutical residues and tourism, in an effort to continue to help solve critical issues affecting the state’s environment and economy.

“We had a strong set of submissions for this proposal review cycle, and these projects stood out not only from a science standpoint, but also because they address both state agency needs and national Sea Grant priorities,” said Dr. Kristen Fussell, Ohio Sea Grant’s assistant director for research and administration. “We believe they’ll deliver important information to managers working to protect Lake Erie’s ecosystem and the amenities the lake provides to residents.”

Researchers will collectively receive about $785,500 in Ohio Sea Grant support over two years as part of the following projects:

  • Glyphosate Runoff Dynamics in Tributaries Draining Into Lake Erie
  • Beyond the Medicine Cabinet: Public Perceptions of the Risks of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products to Aquatic Systems and Related Disposal Behaviors
  • Seeing the Bait on the Hook: Assessing the Impact of Harmful Algal Blooms on the Recreational Walleye Fishery in Lake Erie
  • Stock Structure and Contribution of West and East Basin Walleye to Recreational and Commercial Fisheries in Lake Erie
  • Occurrence of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) in Source and Finished Waters for Public Supply in Northeast Ohio
  • Development of an Efficient Approach to Quantify and Control a Fish Disease caused by Saprolegnia sp.
  • Valuing Lake Erie Beaches and the Impact of Impairments on Beach Users

Information about Ohio Sea Grant research topics, funding and current opportunities can be found at Reviews of research proposals for the third year of the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative will be completed in November.

The Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant Program is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 33 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For more information, visit

tags: Lake Erie, Awards, Environmental Impact

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