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The United States manages millions of square miles of coastal ecosystems that support a variety of recreational, commercial and subsistence activities. Sea Grant helps residents, natural resource managers and businesses protect and restore healthy coastal habitats for continued ecosystem and public well-being.

 

Wisconsin Sea Grant advises dredged material storage in the Duluth-Superior Port. Credit: John Karl

 

 

SEA GRANT WORK IN HEALTHY COASTAL ECOSYSTEMS RESULTED IN*

228

ECOSYSTEM-BASED MANAGEMENT (EBM) TOOLS DEVELOPED

6431

RESOURCE MANAGERS USED EBM APPROACHES

1123042

ACRES OF HABITAT PROTECTED OR RESTORED

161

CLEAN MARINA CERTIFICATIONS

*Metrics reported in Summer 2022 for work conducted February 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022. EBM = Ecosystem-based management of land, water and living resources as a result of Sea Grant activities.

Healthy Coastal Ecosystem Featured Impacts

Meet Sea Grant Experts Working for Healthy Coastal Ecosystems


Jenny Hofmeister, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography - To keep endangered white abalone alive, California Sea Grant-funded researcher Jenny Hofmeister studies the ecology and behavior of southern California octopuses to address how we can outsmart the octopus—abalone’s most voracious predators in deep water.


"Predation is natural, but in order to successfully restore white abalone, we need to give them a head start."

Michael Wetz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Marine Biology, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi - Michael's Texas Sea Grant-funded research focuses on the health of Baffin Bay, an impaired estuary in South Texas that experiences persistent harmful algal blooms and hypoxia. He integrates citizen science with experiments to identify key influences on water quality, information that is used to develop mitigation strategies.


"The community support for our research has been incredible. For nearly six years, we've worked hand-in-hand with community members. This support gives me hope that we can solve the challenges facing Baffin Bay."

Jessica Brown

Stormwater Specialist, Georgia Sea Grant - As lead of the Georgia Sea Grant Stormwater Program, Jessica works with coastal communities and decision makers to implement cutting-edge management strategies that treat polluted runoff and reduce flooding.


"Providing communities with the tools and knowledge needed to invest green stormwater infrastructure solutions will result in benefits to ecosystems, water resources, public health, and quality of life. We find solutions to the pollution.”

Healthy Coastal Ecosystem Stories and News

Sea Grant advances investigation of contaminants of emerging concern

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Sea Grant advances investigation of contaminants of emerging concern

Contaminants of emerging concern, like pharmaceuticals, cleaning products and microfibers, pose risks to the Nation’s drinking waters and aquatic life, but they are often excluded from monitoring programs and published water quality standards. Two new projects recently funded by Sea Grant aim to enhance research and monitoring efforts for this class of chemicals and materials while strengthening strategies to reduce their presence in aquatic environments.
 

Sea Grant announces funding opportunities to support community-engaged marine debris removal and prevention

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Sea Grant announces funding opportunities to support community-engaged marine debris removal and prevention

Sea Grant announces $19 million in federal funding opportunities to address the prevention and removal of marine debris. These opportunities are a component of nearly $3 billion in targeted investments for NOAA in the areas of habitat restoration, coastal resilience and weather forecasting infrastructure through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
 

Downriver and Out to Sea

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Downriver and Out to Sea

Stories of sea run fish, the people who care about them, and the Sea Grant researchers working to understand and restore these ecologically vital fish

Sea run fish – fish that migrate between fresh and saltwater – hold meaning to many New England communities as food, as income, as history and as a key part of a functioning ecosystem. But many unknowns about these fish remain. Across New England, Sea Grant researchers are working to understand how these populations are changing, what habitats are most important to them and how to restore once vibrant runs of sea run fish. 

 

Wisconsin Sea Grant-supported research finds Great Lakes tributary rivers play important role in bringing PFAS to the drinking water source of millions

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Wisconsin Sea Grant-supported research finds Great Lakes tributary rivers play important role in bringing PFAS to the drinking water source of millions

The world’s largest source of fresh water, the Great Lakes, provides drinking water to more than 40 million people in the U.S. and Canada. In the first study of its kind, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering, funded by Wisconsin Sea Grant, have demonstrated that tributary rivers feeding Lake Michigan play an important role in bringing the human-made group of chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the Great Lakes system.

To Reef or Not Reef? Newly Funded Research Will Inform Decisions on the Fate of Gulf Oil Rigs

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To Reef or Not Reef? Newly Funded Research Will Inform Decisions on the Fate of Gulf Oil Rigs

Sea Grant-supported researchers will produce data allowing decision makers to see the ecological and economic impacts of removing oil rigs or creating artificial reefs.

The National Sea Grant College Program and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement have awarded over $795 thousand to Texas Sea Grant and a team of researchers from Texas A&M University and LGL Ecological Research Services to produce information that could lead to the development of a decision-support tool modeling the ecological and economic effects of changing the composition of oil rigs in the gulf. 

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