A Dynamic Network Across
NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program is located in Silver
Spring, Maryland. The National Sea Grant College Program works closely
with the 32 state Sea Grant programs located in every coastal and
Great Lakes state and Puerto Rico. These programs serve as the core
of a dynamic, national university-based network of over 300 institutions
involving more than 3,000 scientists, engineers, educators, students
and outreach experts. This network works on a variety of topics vital
to human and environmental health—topics such as water quality
coastal hazards and biotechnology. Through their research, education
and outreach activities, Sea Grant has helped position the United
States as the world leader in marine research and the sustainable
development of coastal resources. Sea Grant activities exist at the
nexus of local, state, national and sometimes international interests.
In this way, local needs receive national attention, and national
commitments are fulfilled at the local level.