By: Tom Bigford, American Fisheries Society Policy Director and TCS Past President, with Erin J. BryantAssistant Professor of Ocean and Coastal Policy, Sea Education Association, and Kimberly Hernandez, Coastal Fellow with Maryland Department of Natural Resources*, (TCS Communications Subcommittee Members)

The Best of The Coastal Society (TCS) 2015: community conservation events, career opportunity announcements, networking; TCS does it all for current and future coastal professionals.


#1 The New TCS Blog! Addressing legal issues, legislative action, international events, and coastal management strategies


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The Coastal Society has celebrated 40 wonderful years of the Bulletin since Volume 1, Issue 1 in May 1976. The blog is meant to fill the space of the Bulletin in an updated format. Members have the opportunity to write about their work, students can write about their research, and Board members can use it as a forum to make Society announcements. Please reach out to Caitlyn McCrary with blog topics.

#2 TCS hosted Coastal Career Day November 14, 2015 at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA


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Coastal employers and other professionals met and talked with students about jobs in marine and coastal industry, government, science, and conservation.

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#3 TCS posted dozens of job ads, hosted meetings on cutting-edge topics, and welcomed new members in 2015

TCS members receive marine and coastal job listings and connect with marine and coastal professionals at meetings.

TCS and Restore America’s Estuaries will co-host a conference in December 2016

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#4 Duke Chapter Triathlon Raises Money with Fun


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The annual Neuse RIVERKEEPER™ Foundation Sprint Triathlon in Beaufort, NC, raises money to help keep the Neuse River basin clean and pollution free. And the organizers and athletes have a pretty good time.

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#5 TCS Chapters Host Blue Drinks


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Blue Drinks is “an informal social networking event” focused to facilitate connections in the marine environmental community.

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#6 University of Rhode Island’s Bass Rock Road Beach Sweep a Success


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A URI Coastal Society chapter beach clean-up required a run for more trash bags to contain the collected items.

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#7 Oregon State University’s King Tides Photo Party Publicizes How Far Future Tides Will Reach


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Oregon State University’s chapter of TCS celebrated smart coastal planning by photographing King Tides

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#8 Eckerd College’s TCS Chapter Cleaned the Beach at Ft. De Soto


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Eckerd College’s TCS Chapter organized a beach cleanup at Ft. De Soto.

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#9 East Carolina University TCS Chapter Initiates Blog


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East Carolina University’s TCS chapter started a blog in 2015.

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Student chapters of the Coastal Society actively pursue coastal management innovation and career advancement activities at Duke University, East Carolina University, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Oregon State University, Eckerd College, and the University of Rhode Island

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