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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.

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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

Maryland Sea Grant and partners discuss aquaculture, diversity in marine sciences with NOAA Administrator
Maryland Sea Grant and partners discuss aquaculture, diversity in marine sciences with NOAA Administrator

Maryland Sea Grant and partners discuss aquaculture,...

Maryland Sea Grant and partners discuss aquaculture, diversity in marine sciences with NOAA Administrator

Partnerships

Maryland Sea Grant and partners discuss aquaculture, diversity in marine sciences with NOAA Administrator

Acting NOAA Administrator RDML Timothy Gallaudet visited Maryland Sea Grant and IMET in May 2018 for a discussion focused on aquaculture research and how the partners are advancing diversity in the marine sciences. 
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 works with coastal communities across the U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam to improve community resilience to coastal storms. Sea Grant engages in vulnerability assessments, resilience planning and social science initiatives to learn from previous storms and better prepare for future storms.
Lake Champlain Sea Grant Achieves Sea Grant Institute Status
Lake Champlain Sea Grant Achieves Sea Grant Institute Status

Lake Champlain Sea Grant Achieves Sea Grant Institute Status

Lake Champlain Sea Grant Achieves Sea Grant Institute Status

People

Lake Champlain Sea Grant Achieves Sea Grant Institute Status

Lake Champlain Sea Grant earned the honor as an Institutional Program for demonstrating excellence in research, education and public service dedicated to the environmentally responsible management and development in the Nation’s marine, coastal and Great Lakes resources. As a Sea Grant...
Washington Sea Grant Director Penny Dalton Retires After 12 Years of Service
Washington Sea Grant Director Penny Dalton Retires After 12 Years of Service

Washington Sea Grant Director Penny Dalton Retires After 12...

Washington Sea Grant Director Penny Dalton Retires After 12 Years of Service

People

Washington Sea Grant Director Penny Dalton Retires After 12 Years of Service

With an extensive background in a wide range of environmental, scientific and marine policy issues, Penny Dalton has served as Washington Sea Grant’s director since 2005.
Florida Sea Grant Helped Save Keys Lobster Industry Nearly $4 Million After Hurricane Irma
Florida Sea Grant Helped Save Keys Lobster Industry Nearly $4 Million After Hurricane Irma

Florida Sea Grant Helped Save Keys Lobster Industry Nearly...

Florida Sea Grant Helped Save Keys Lobster Industry Nearly $4 Million After Hurricane Irma

Partnerships

Florida Sea Grant Helped Save Keys Lobster Industry Nearly $4 Million After Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma displaced more than 150,000 spiny lobster traps in the Florida Keys last year, sometimes miles away from their original locations. But a novel eyes-in-the-sky solution developed with support from Florida Sea Grant has saved the industry nearly $4 million.
North Carolina Sea Grant Extension Director Honored
North Carolina Sea Grant Extension Director Honored

North Carolina Sea Grant Extension Director Honored

North Carolina Sea Grant Extension Director Honored

People

North Carolina Sea Grant Extension Director Honored

When the national Sea Grant office asks the network of 33 programs for examples of outstanding community outreach and collaboration, one name is often suggested: North Carolina Sea Grant's Jack Thigpen.
Plastic Microfibers Found in the Food Web of Three Lake Michigan Rivers
Plastic Microfibers Found in the Food Web of Three Lake Michigan Rivers

Plastic Microfibers Found in the Food Web of Three Lake...

Plastic Microfibers Found in the Food Web of Three Lake Michigan Rivers

Indiana

Plastic Microfibers Found in the Food Web of Three Lake Michigan Rivers

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant-funded research finds plastic microfibers in the water, sediment and fish of three major rivers that flow into Lake Michigan.
Ocean Acidification Research Fellowship available to students in Mid-Atlantic
Ocean Acidification Research Fellowship available to students in Mid-Atlantic

Ocean Acidification Research Fellowship available to...

Ocean Acidification Research Fellowship available to students in Mid-Atlantic

Funding

Ocean Acidification Research Fellowship available to students in Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant Programs (MASGP), in partnership with the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP), are pleased to announce the availability of Ocean Acidification (OA) Graduate Research Fellowships for the two-year period covering the 2018 and 2019 academic years.
Getting Students Hooked on Science
Getting Students Hooked on Science

Getting Students Hooked on Science

Getting Students Hooked on Science

Partnerships

Getting Students Hooked on Science

Maryland Sea Grant is working to increase environmental literacy by partnering with teachers to bring aquaculture into the classroom.
USC Sea Grant publishes lessons learned from community engagement efforts
USC Sea Grant publishes lessons learned from community engagement efforts

USC Sea Grant publishes lessons learned from community...

USC Sea Grant publishes lessons learned from community engagement efforts

USC

USC Sea Grant publishes lessons learned from community engagement efforts

USC Sea Grant has worked with communities in southern California for over six years on climate adaptation planning. They analyzed their efforts and published the analysis in the Cities and the Environment Journal.
Gathering builds bridges between kelp farmers, federal and state regulators in Connecticut
Gathering builds bridges between kelp farmers, federal and state regulators in Connecticut

Gathering builds bridges between kelp farmers, federal and...

Gathering builds bridges between kelp farmers, federal and state regulators in Connecticut

Connecticut

Gathering builds bridges between kelp farmers, federal and state regulators in Connecticut

Sea Grant Evaluation Shows National Weather Service Forecast is Assisting Farmers in Protecting Wisconsin Waters
Sea Grant Evaluation Shows National Weather Service Forecast is Assisting Farmers in Protecting Wisconsin Waters

Sea Grant Evaluation Shows National Weather Service Forecast...

Sea Grant Evaluation Shows National Weather Service Forecast is Assisting Farmers in Protecting Wisconsin Waters

Partnerships

Sea Grant Evaluation Shows National Weather Service Forecast is Assisting Farmers in Protecting Wisconsin Waters

Knowledge, Spread Wisely: Sea Grant Evaluation Shows National Weather Service Forecast is Assisting Farmers in Protecting Wisconsin Waters
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 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 this hot issue listed. 

Aquaculture

Ocean Acidification

Storm Preparedness

Coastal Tourism

 

Science Serving America's Coasts

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