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Sea Grant Extension


Sea Grant provides a workforce of over 500 on‐the‐ground extension agents who reside in many of the communities they serve. As trusted experts who are considered honest brokers of information (non-advocacy), extension agents provide reliable technical and science‐based information to residents to address local needs while also transferring research priorities back to their universities.

Extension agents also work closely with Sea Grant communicators and educators, connecting university resources and expertise with local communities and user groups. An agent might develop new information through original applied research, gather existing information for user needs, transmit information and skills through pamphlets, courses, workshops, lectures and meetings; provide technical reviews of research and policies; and stimulate new research to meet perceived needs. In short, these specialists take complex information and show people how to use it to solve problems. Extension agents are focused on specific topics such as improving fisheries management, seafood safety, fishing gear enhancement, developing sustainable aquaculture, decreasing water pollution, restoring habitat and other topics that advance the safety and productivity of coastal‐related commerce.

 

571

EXTENSION

PROFESSIONALS

366108

VOLUNTEER 

HOURS

300

COMMUNITIES 

IMPROVE 

HAZARD RESILIENCE

430000

INDIVIDUALS REACHED

THROUGH 

WORKSHOPS

Metrics reported July 2017 for work completed February 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017.


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

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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 community's rating and can lead to discounted flood insurance premiums.

UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant Prepare Communities for Hurricanes

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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.

BayMap Leads to Discoveries in Offshore Waters Near and Far

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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.

My Day with a Sea Grant Extension Professional

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My Day with a Sea Grant Extension Professional

Burrowing shrimp, pesticides, and off-bottom culture...Oh My!

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.

 

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