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For over 50 years, the National Sea Grant College Program has supported coastal and Great Lakes communities through research, extension and education.

Sea Grant's mission is to enhance the practical use and conservation of coastal, marine and Great Lakes resources in order to create a sustainable economy and environment.

Our Focus Areas

http://seagrant-redesign.hq.oar.noaa.gov/Our-Work/HCE

Healthy Coastal
Ecosystems

Sea Grant works to protect, enhance and restore habitats, ecosystems and the services they provide. 

http://seagrant-redesign.hq.oar.noaa.gov/Our-Work/SFA

Sustainable Fisheries & Aquaculture

Sea Grant works with fishing communities to advance sustainable, domestic fisheries and aquaculture. 

http://seagrant-redesign.hq.oar.noaa.gov/Our-Work/RCE

Resilient Communities & Economies

Sea Grant helps coastal and Great Lakes communities prepare for and adapt to changing conditions. 

http://seagrant-redesign.hq.oar.noaa.gov/Our-Work/ELWD

Environment Literacy & Workforce Development

Sea Grant supports and trains a diverse and skilled workforce that is environmentally literate and equipped to address national and local needs.

Our Functional Areas

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Research

Sea Grant employs or supports thousands of scientists to address emerging and pressing needs related to the four strategic focus areas. 

http://seagrant-redesign.hq.oar.noaa.gov/extension

Extension

Sea Grant employs over 300 on-the-ground extension specialists who serve as honest brokers of scientific information to support communiity needs. 

http://seagrant-redesign.hq.oar.noaa.gov/education

Education

Sea Grant educators provide instruction and tools to teachers, students, working professionals and the public on topics related to the four strategic focus areas.

Sea Grant News

Worms on Oysters Harvested from Reefs are a Natural Occurrence
Worms on Oysters Harvested from Reefs are a Natural Occurrence

Worms on Oysters Harvested from Reefs are a Natural...

Worms on Oysters Harvested from Reefs are a Natural Occurrence

Louisiana

Worms on Oysters Harvested from Reefs are a Natural Occurrence

“There’s a worm on my oyster!”  Louisiana Sea Grant explains why this happens and why it's not necessarily a bad thing.
Counting the Fish in the Sea
Counting the Fish in the Sea

Counting the Fish in the Sea

Counting the Fish in the Sea

Maryland

Counting the Fish in the Sea

Atlantic menhaden have been called the most important fish in the sea, with good reason.
Sea Grant Helps Communities Navigate the Program for Public Information Process, Potential Discounts on Flood Insurance
Sea Grant Helps Communities Navigate the Program for Public Information Process, Potential Discounts on Flood Insurance

Sea Grant Helps Communities Navigate the Program for Public...

Sea Grant Helps Communities Navigate the Program for Public Information Process, Potential Discounts on Flood Insurance

Law Center

Sea Grant Helps Communities Navigate the Program for Public Information Process, Potential Discounts on Flood Insurance

Sea Grant programs in the Gulf of Mexico and Georgia help communities better understand how to create a Program for Public Information (PPI) and earn outreach points under the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System (CRS). Points earned through the CRS help improve a...
Scientific Team Selected for Independent Abundance Estimate of Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico
Scientific Team Selected for Independent Abundance Estimate of Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico

Scientific Team Selected for Independent Abundance Estimate...

Scientific Team Selected for Independent Abundance Estimate of Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico

Partnerships

Scientific Team Selected for Independent Abundance Estimate of Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico

A team of university and government scientists, selected by an expert review panel convened by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, will conduct an independent study to estimate the number of red snapper in the U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant Prepare Communities for Hurricanes
UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant Prepare Communities for Hurricanes

UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant Prepare...

UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant Prepare Communities for Hurricanes

Partnerships

UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant Prepare Communities for Hurricanes

University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant is working with researchers from the National Center for Atmospheric Research to better understand how to communicate hurricane risks so that the public will take necessary precautions before a storm.
Clear Lakes Disguise Impaired Water Quality
Clear Lakes Disguise Impaired Water Quality

Clear Lakes Disguise Impaired Water Quality

Clear Lakes Disguise Impaired Water Quality

Minnesota

Clear Lakes Disguise Impaired Water Quality

New Minnesota Sea Grant study suggests that using water clarity as an indicator of water quality may not necessarily work in all regions.
BayMap Leads to Discoveries in Offshore Waters Near and Far
BayMap Leads to Discoveries in Offshore Waters Near and Far

BayMap Leads to Discoveries in Offshore Waters Near and Far

BayMap Leads to Discoveries in Offshore Waters Near and Far

Partnerships

BayMap Leads to Discoveries in Offshore Waters Near and Far

To fill a knowledge gap about the shallow seafloor right off Rhode Island's coast, Rhode Island Sea Grant invested in the development of BayMap, a collection of marine habitat maps for Narragansett Bay and surrounding coastal ponds for use by resource managers and scientists.
Teach the Kids to Fish
Teach the Kids to Fish

Teach the Kids to Fish

Teach the Kids to Fish

People

Teach the Kids to Fish

"By training the next generation of fishers through a hands-on mentorship program, scientists and fishers hope to feed the world for many lifetimes."
Sea Grant announces $9.3 million for aquaculture research and industry support
Sea Grant announces $9.3 million for aquaculture research and industry support

Sea Grant announces $9.3 million for aquaculture research...

Sea Grant announces $9.3 million for aquaculture research and industry support

Law Center

Sea Grant announces $9.3 million for aquaculture research and industry support

Pictures Illustrate the State of North Carolina Fisheries
Pictures Illustrate the State of North Carolina Fisheries

Pictures Illustrate the State of North Carolina Fisheries

Pictures Illustrate the State of North Carolina Fisheries

North Carolina

Pictures Illustrate the State of North Carolina Fisheries

In a collaborative effort, North Carolina Sea Grant developed a series of graphics 
to help the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries present fisheries statistics to various audiences.
Aquaculture’s Next Big Thing?
Aquaculture’s Next Big Thing?

Aquaculture’s Next Big Thing?

Aquaculture’s Next Big Thing?

Wisconsin

Aquaculture’s Next Big Thing?

Wisconsin Sea Grant funded a two-year aquaculture research project designed to compare the production of walleye, a native Wisconsin fish, and saugeye, a natural hybrid of walleye and sauger, in a recirculating aquaculture system and a closed aquaponics system.
My Day with a Sea Grant Extension Professional
My Day with a Sea Grant Extension Professional

My Day with a Sea Grant Extension Professional

My Day with a Sea Grant Extension Professional

People

My Day with a Sea Grant Extension Professional

The day started with a typical greeting one would expect when meeting someone for the first time. As we walked towards Paul’s aging truck, which I could only describe as “having lots of character,” I knew I was about to embark on an entertaining adventure.  
Researchers Explore Using Empty Oyster Shells to Decrease Acidic Seawater
Researchers Explore Using Empty Oyster Shells to Decrease Acidic Seawater

Researchers Explore Using Empty Oyster Shells to Decrease...

Researchers Explore Using Empty Oyster Shells to Decrease Acidic Seawater

Oregon

Researchers Explore Using Empty Oyster Shells to Decrease Acidic Seawater

Oregon Sea Grant supported researchers place bags of oysters on different amounts of empty shells to see if the shells help the oysters grow better in acidified waters.
West Coast Shellfish Industry Recognizes Consequences of Ocean Acidification
West Coast Shellfish Industry Recognizes Consequences of Ocean Acidification

West Coast Shellfish Industry Recognizes Consequences of...

West Coast Shellfish Industry Recognizes Consequences of Ocean Acidification

Oregon

West Coast Shellfish Industry Recognizes Consequences of Ocean Acidification

A survey funded by Oregon Sea Grant found that more than 80 percent of respondents from the west coast shellfish industry agree that ocean acidification is having negative consequences on production.
Why Sea Grant Matters to Louisiana Fishermen
Why Sea Grant Matters to Louisiana Fishermen

Why Sea Grant Matters to Louisiana Fishermen

Why Sea Grant Matters to Louisiana Fishermen

People

Why Sea Grant Matters to Louisiana Fishermen

Louisiana Sea Grant extension agent Thu Bui translates Sea Grant resources for Vietnamese fishermen in Louisiana.
Sea Grant Extension Agents Support Aquaculture Growth across America
Sea Grant Extension Agents Support Aquaculture Growth across America

Sea Grant Extension Agents Support Aquaculture Growth across...

Sea Grant Extension Agents Support Aquaculture Growth across America

People

Sea Grant Extension Agents Support Aquaculture Growth across America

Sea Grant supports the advancement of sustainable aquaculture development through research, extension and education.
Sea Grant Sets the Stage for Aquaculture Growth in New England
Sea Grant Sets the Stage for Aquaculture Growth in New England

Sea Grant Sets the Stage for Aquaculture Growth in New...

Sea Grant Sets the Stage for Aquaculture Growth in New England

Partnerships

Sea Grant Sets the Stage for Aquaculture Growth in New England

Sea Grant support enhances extension and technology transfer to advance aquaculture production in New Hampshire and Maine.
Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries announce 2017 Joint Fellowship Recipients
Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries announce 2017 Joint Fellowship Recipients

Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries announce 2017 Joint Fellowship...

Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries announce 2017 Joint Fellowship Recipients

Partnerships

Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries announce 2017 Joint Fellowship Recipients

World’s Largest Aquaponics Operation Opens in American Heartland
World’s Largest Aquaponics Operation Opens in American Heartland

World’s Largest Aquaponics Operation Opens in American...

World’s Largest Aquaponics Operation Opens in American Heartland

Partnerships

World’s Largest Aquaponics Operation Opens in American Heartland

Sea Grant supported research, education and workforce development to help make it possible
Sea Grant shares lessons learned from coastal storms to help communities
Sea Grant shares lessons learned from coastal storms to help communities

Sea Grant shares lessons learned from coastal storms to help...

Sea Grant shares lessons learned from coastal storms to help communities

Partnerships

Sea Grant shares lessons learned from coastal storms to help communities

Sea Grant engages in vulnerability assessments, resilience planning, and social science initiatives to learn from previous storms and lesson impacts of future storms.

Sea Grant Hot Issues

Within each of Sea Grant's four focus areas, there are specific initiatives taken based on national and local needs as well as emerging issues. Each of the pages below provides highlights of this hot issue listed. 

Aquaculture

Social Science (coming soon)

Storm Preparedness (coming soon)

Ocean Acidification (coming soon)

Science Serving America's Coasts

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