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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.

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Researchers Find Offshore Aquaculture has a Low Nutrient Footprint
Researchers Find Offshore Aquaculture has a Low Nutrient Footprint

Researchers Find Offshore Aquaculture has a Low Nutrient...

Researchers Find Offshore Aquaculture has a Low Nutrient Footprint

Florida

Researchers Find Offshore Aquaculture has a Low Nutrient Footprint

Large-scale offshore aquaculture may have much less environmental impact from nutrient pollution than people suspect, according to a recent study funded by Florida Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries.
Offshore aquaculture is poised to grow in the coming years to help offset the U.S. seafood trade deficit, but concerns have been raised about the potential for fish waste to pollute surrounding waters by introducing unnaturally high nutrient levels. In this new study, researchers found little evidence of nutrient pollution from a commercial cobia aquaculture farm located offshore the Republic of Panama. 

National Academies’ Gulf Research Program and Sea Grant release reports from collaborative workshop series on improving regional oil spill preparedness
National Academies’ Gulf Research Program and Sea Grant release reports from collaborative workshop series on improving regional oil spill preparedness

National Academies’ Gulf Research Program and Sea Grant...

National Academies’ Gulf Research Program and Sea Grant release reports from collaborative workshop series on improving regional oil spill preparedness

Partnerships

National Academies’ Gulf Research Program and Sea Grant release reports from collaborative workshop series on improving regional oil spill preparedness

The Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Program and the Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a series of workshops around the country – in Alabama, Alaska, California, Louisiana, and Virginia – designed to bring regional priorities to the fore in community oil spill preparation and resiliency planning. Five regional workshop reports and one summary report are now available online.

Knauss Fellowship alum Catalina Martinez receives prestigious award for her work in diversity, equity and inclusion
Knauss Fellowship alum Catalina Martinez receives prestigious award for her work in diversity, equity and inclusion

Knauss Fellowship alum Catalina Martinez receives...

Knauss Fellowship alum Catalina Martinez receives prestigious award for her work in diversity, equity and inclusion

People

Knauss Fellowship alum Catalina Martinez receives prestigious award for her work in diversity, equity and inclusion

Catalina Martinez, a 2002 Knauss Fellow through Rhode Island Sea Grant, was one of six NOAA experts  recognized at the 2019 annual Women of Color in STEM conference. Martinez explains how the Knauss Fellowship paved the way for her 18-year career at NOAA.

Sea Grant Recognizes Law Center as a Long-term Component of National Program
Sea Grant Recognizes Law Center as a Long-term Component of National Program

Sea Grant Recognizes Law Center as a Long-term Component of...

Sea Grant Recognizes Law Center as a Long-term Component of National Program

Law Center

Sea Grant Recognizes Law Center as a Long-term Component of National Program

Sea Grant is pleased to announce the designation of the National Sea Grant Law Center (Law Center) as a “coherent area program.” This designation elevates the Law Center from a temporary Sea Grant project to a more permanent component of the National Sea Grant College Program.

Wade into CERF with Sea Grant at the upcoming 25th biennial conference
Wade into CERF with Sea Grant at the upcoming 25th biennial conference

Wade into CERF with Sea Grant at the upcoming 25th biennial...

Wade into CERF with Sea Grant at the upcoming 25th biennial conference

Healthy Coastal Ecosystems

Wade into CERF with Sea Grant at the upcoming 25th biennial conference

Some 1700 people are expected to descend upon Mobile, Alabama on November 3rd-7th for the 25th Biennial Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) Conference. In addition to the Sea Grant scholarship that will be on display through presentations and posters, here is a quick guide to ways in which the National Sea Grant College Program will be present and advancing the conference theme, Responsive | Relevant | Ready.

Sea Grant Awards $2 Million in Research to Improve Understanding, Management of Highly Migratory Species
Sea Grant Awards $2 Million in Research to Improve Understanding, Management of Highly Migratory Species

Sea Grant Awards $2 Million in Research to Improve...

Sea Grant Awards $2 Million in Research to Improve Understanding, Management of Highly Migratory Species

Funding

Sea Grant Awards $2 Million in Research to Improve Understanding, Management of Highly Migratory Species

Three awards totaling $2 million in federal funding were recently awarded through the 2019 Sea Grant Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Research Initiative, a competitive research process.

Sea Grant awards $16 million to advance U.S. aquaculture
Sea Grant awards $16 million to advance U.S. aquaculture

Sea Grant awards $16 million to advance U.S. aquaculture

Sea Grant awards $16 million to advance U.S. aquaculture

Aquaculture

Sea Grant awards $16 million to advance U.S. aquaculture

New research and innovative collaborative efforts aim to advance domestic aquaculture. Forty two new projects funded by Sea Grant in three programs will work to increase understanding and transfer knowledge to end users for different topics and geographies across the U.S.

Sea Grant awards $2 million to advance understanding of American lobster, support industry
Sea Grant awards $2 million to advance understanding of American lobster, support industry

Sea Grant awards $2 million to advance understanding of...

Sea Grant awards $2 million to advance understanding of American lobster, support industry

Funding

Sea Grant awards $2 million to advance understanding of American lobster, support industry

Sea Grant is funding new research aimed at understanding physical and chemical changes affecting American lobster (Homarus americanus) in the Gulf of Maine as well as a regional lobster extension program. 

Great Lakes Resurgence
Great Lakes Resurgence

Great Lakes Resurgence

Great Lakes Resurgence

New York

Great Lakes Resurgence

Revitalization breaks through in this photo essay from National Geographic photographer Peter Essick, in collaboration with the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, demonstrating the renewed majesty of the Great Lakes.

 Take a visual tour of the restoration and resurgence of Great Lakes tributaries that were designated as Areas of Concern under the 1987 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. These tributaries were pinpointed due to significant pollution and habitat problems, but with funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Areas of Concern are getting cleaned up and habitat is being restored.

An ecological investment is bringing life back to the aquatic environment. Tourism, recreation, and development are returning to the basin’s rivers, harbors, and lakes.

NOAA Sea Grant and Fisheries announce 2019 Ecosystem and Population Dynamics Fellows
NOAA Sea Grant and Fisheries announce 2019 Ecosystem and Population Dynamics Fellows

NOAA Sea Grant and Fisheries announce 2019 Ecosystem and...

NOAA Sea Grant and Fisheries announce 2019 Ecosystem and Population Dynamics Fellows

Sea Grant/NMFS Fellowship

NOAA Sea Grant and Fisheries announce 2019 Ecosystem and Population Dynamics Fellows

Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (Fisheries) are pleased to announce the 2019 Fisheries-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship recipients. Eight population and ecosystem dynamics fellowships were awarded through a competitive selection process. The Fisheries-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship program supports students pursuing doctoral degrees in population and ecosystem dynamics as well as marine resources economics. The program is a focused workforce development effort to train highly qualified professionals in areas of critical need for NOAA’s science-based approach to fisheries management.

Teaching Teachers
Teaching Teachers

Teaching Teachers

Teaching Teachers

Ohio

Teaching Teachers

By Christina Dierkes.

Ohio Sea Grant educators provide a wide range of professional learning experiences for teachers, from developing curriculum and teaching Stone Lab workshops to accompanying teachers from across the Great Lakes region in shipboard science workshops aboard the U.S. EPA’s Lake Guardian research vessel. Educators Lyndsey Manzo and Angela Greene have found new ways to help educators take what they learn back to the classroom, and that’s really the end goal of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab’s professional learning efforts. Every time just a few people pick up those lessons and run with them, those efforts reach so many more students than concentrated work by just Sea Grant staff ever could.

Pennsylvania Sea Grant Educates and Inspires Students and Adults through the Connect with Your Environment Newspaper Page
Pennsylvania Sea Grant Educates and Inspires Students and Adults through the Connect with Your Environment Newspaper Page

Pennsylvania Sea Grant Educates and Inspires Students and...

Pennsylvania Sea Grant Educates and Inspires Students and Adults through the Connect with Your Environment Newspaper Page

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Sea Grant Educates and Inspires Students and Adults through the Connect with Your Environment Newspaper Page

Pennsylvania Sea Grant, in partnership with the Erie Times News, produces a weekly environmental newspaper page, as part of the national program Newspapers in Education. Stories about local, regional, and global environmental issues, research and educational programs reach students in classrooms throughout the Erie, PA school district each Tuesday during the school year.

Sea Grant Announces 2020 Finalists for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program
Sea Grant Announces 2020 Finalists for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program

Sea Grant Announces 2020 Finalists for the John A. Knauss...

Sea Grant Announces 2020 Finalists for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program

Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship

Sea Grant Announces 2020 Finalists for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program

The 2020 finalists for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program will become the 41th class of one of the most prestigious marine policy fellowships in the U.S. The 69 finalists represent 28 of the 34 Sea Grant programs. Since 1979, Sea Grant has provided one-year Knauss fellowships to early career professionals to work in federal government offices in Washington, D.C. to over 1,300 early professionals.

NOAA, partners release harmful algal bloom forecast for western Lake Erie
NOAA, partners release harmful algal bloom forecast for western Lake Erie

NOAA, partners release harmful algal bloom forecast for...

NOAA, partners release harmful algal bloom forecast for western Lake Erie

Partnerships

NOAA, partners release harmful algal bloom forecast for western Lake Erie

The Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Seasonal Forecast, produced by NOAA and released with Ohio Sea Grant, gives coastal managers, lake users, and drinking water facility operators a general sense of the potential severity of the upcoming bloom season. NOAA is forecasting a large bloom for 2019, with a severity index greater than 7. The index is based on the bloom’s biomass – the amount of harmful or toxic algae – over a sustained period.  Last year’s bloom had a severity of 3.6 and the 2017 bloom had a severity of 8.

New Jersey Sea Grant to Host Workshop on Fisheries Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
New Jersey Sea Grant to Host Workshop on Fisheries Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

New Jersey Sea Grant to Host Workshop on Fisheries...

New Jersey Sea Grant to Host Workshop on Fisheries Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

Partnerships

New Jersey Sea Grant to Host Workshop on Fisheries Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

NOAA recently awarded New Jersey Sea Grant funding to plan and host an event focused on workforce development for the field of fisheries population and ecosystem dynamics. The program is a partnership effort supported by Sea Grant, NOAA’s Office of Education and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) aimed at engaging undergraduate students in the specialized field of population and ecosystem dynamics, which combines science with mathematics for science-based management of U.S. fisheries.

Creating a Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Coastal and Ocean Science Workforce
Creating a Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Coastal and Ocean Science Workforce

Creating a Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Coastal and...

Creating a Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Coastal and Ocean Science Workforce

Partnerships

Creating a Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Coastal and Ocean Science Workforce

During Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) 2019, Sea Grant and the Women’s Aquatic Network collaborated to host a brown bag lunch session on Increasing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Coastal, Marine and Ocean Science Workforce. Four panelists, including those from government and non-government sectors, offered inspiring, specific and candid remarks during the packed session, which had standing room only.

Sea Grant Celebrates National Fishing and Boating Week
Sea Grant Celebrates National Fishing and Boating Week

Sea Grant Celebrates National Fishing and Boating Week

Sea Grant Celebrates National Fishing and Boating Week

Tourism

Sea Grant Celebrates National Fishing and Boating Week

The sun is shining and the water is calm: what better way to spend a warm summer day than dropping anchor, kicking back and casting a line? Every year, tens of millions of people flock to U.S. coasts to enjoy recreational fishing and boating. Sea Grant supports the recreational fishing and boating enthusiasts and industries by providing resources that teach people learn how to fish and boat, help boaters and anglers determine when and where to go on the water, how to get the most out of their excursions while staying safe, and how to protect the environment so future generations can enjoy the same experiences.

How does shellfish aquaculture interact with Puget Sound's marine life?
How does shellfish aquaculture interact with Puget Sound's marine life?

How does shellfish aquaculture interact with Puget Sound's...

How does shellfish aquaculture interact with Puget Sound's marine life?

Partnerships

How does shellfish aquaculture interact with Puget Sound's marine life?

In Puget Sound, The Nature Conservancy in Washington wants to learn more about shellfish aquaculture structures and how they impact the marine environment for specific organisms or life stages. They partner with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Washington Sea Grant, as well as the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and shellfish farms, to study which fish and crab species use shellfish aquaculture habitats.

In Puerto Rico, investing in lifeguards keeps beaches safe and sustains coastal tourism
In Puerto Rico, investing in lifeguards keeps beaches safe and sustains coastal tourism

In Puerto Rico, investing in lifeguards keeps beaches safe...

In Puerto Rico, investing in lifeguards keeps beaches safe and sustains coastal tourism

Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico, investing in lifeguards keeps beaches safe and sustains coastal tourism

Since the 1960s, surfers from the United States have been going to Rincón, Puerto Rico to catch the best waves of the winter season. The trend has been so consistent that the town has slowly built its economy along its approximate eight miles of beautiful coastline, now famous with tourists. Yet, as the surfing community continues to swell, the beaches get crowded, and the same waves that keep the local economy afloat also put tourists and locals at risk of losing their lives.

Kids are educating parents on climate change...and parents are listening
Kids are educating parents on climate change...and parents are listening

Kids are educating parents on climate change...and parents...

Kids are educating parents on climate change...and parents are listening

North Carolina

Kids are educating parents on climate change...and parents are listening

A new study from North Carolina State University shows that educating children about climate change affects parents as well. A pre- and post-survey showed that parents of children who had climate change curriculum were more concerned about climate . 

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.

Around the Sea Grant Network

Our Functional Areas

Link

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/extensio5

Extension

Sea Grant employs over 500 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 Hot Topics

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 the hot issue listed. 

Aquaculture

Ocean Acidification

Oyster Restoration

Storm Preparedness

Coastal Tourism

 

Science Serving America's Coasts

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