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Wisconsin Sea Grant achieved college status in 1972 and is based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They are a statewide program of basic and applied research, education, and outreach and technology transfer dedicated to the stewardship and sustainable use of the nation's Great Lakes and ocean resources.

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*Metrics reported in July 2017 for work conducted February 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017. Economic impact = market and non-market value of Sea Grant's work; value of jobs and businesses. Jobs = jobs created or sustained as a result of Sea Grant efforts. Businesses = the number of businesses created or sustained as a result of Sea Grant efforts. K-12 students reached through Sea Grant education efforts.

Wisconsin Sea Grant Featured Impacts

Meet Wisconsin Sea Grant Experts

Harvey Bootsma, Ph.D.

Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Dr. Bootsma received funding from Wisconsin Sea Grant to study the effects of the invasive quagga mussel on plankton abundance in Lake Michigan.

"Sea Grant allows us to address very relevant questions for stakeholders on Lake Michigan; whether you’re a sport fisher, commercial fisher or beach goer…Sea Grant has facilitated getting the results of our work out to the public and really help our research have an impact on stakeholders."

Julia Noordyk

Water Quality and Coastal Communities Outreach Specialist - Julia helps communities become more resilient to coastal storms and flooding. One of her main projects include restoration of the Cat Island Chain in Green Bay.

"One of the most exciting things for me is that I get work with communities to help solve water quality and coastal hazard issues. I get to bring science-based information to them so they can make appropriate decisions for themselves."

Tamara Thomsen

Maritime Archeologist - Tamara works at the Wisconsin Historical Society and assists Wisconsin Sea Grant in their tourism initiatives.

"Through our partnership with the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant, it has allowed us to bring back to life the stories of the mariners. It’s allowed us to share the stories of historic ports and development along our Great Lakes."

Wisconsin Stories and News

Aquaculture’s Next Big Thing?

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Aquaculture’s Next Big Thing?

Wisconsin Sea Grant Researchers Hone in on Walleye, Saugeye

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.

F-Stop and Shutter, Focus on Water Heals Troubled Teens and Pre-Teens

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F-Stop and Shutter, Focus on Water Heals Troubled Teens and Pre-Teens

In a groundbreaking project that empowers at-risk teens and pre-teens, student-driven exploration of aquatic environments through underwater photography and classroom experiences motivate those who may not otherwise feel inspired to participate in the sciences.

Science Serving America's Coasts

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