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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*

215

ECOSYSTEM-BASED MANAGEMENT (EBM) TOOLS DEVELOPED

3992

RESOURCE MANAGERS USED EBM APPROACHES

4219094

ACRES OF HABITAT PROTECTED OR RESTORED

97

CLEAN MARINA CERTIFICATIONS

*Metrics reported in Summer 2021 for work conducted February 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021. 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

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. 

Bareford named national Sea Grant Water Resources Lead

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Bareford named national Sea Grant Water Resources Lead

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium has announced a new two-year project that will develop a roadmap for Sea Grant water resources initiatives and improve communication and coordination on water resources efforts within the network and among key partners. Karen Bareford, of the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and The University of Alabama’s Alabama Water Institute, will serve as the Sea Grant Water Resources Lead.

Sea Grant announces three initiatives to protect freshwater resources and improve Great Lakes resilience

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Sea Grant announces three initiatives to protect freshwater resources and improve Great Lakes resilience

Sea Grant announced three initiatives today, all of which focus on freshwater systems and management. Projects include examining contaminants of emerging concern along the East Coast, mitigating pollution resulting from runoff in the mid-Atlantic, and managing stormwater to reduce flooding in the Great Lakes. 

NOAA Sea Grant Liaisons address critical research areas across federal agencies

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NOAA Sea Grant Liaisons address critical research areas across federal agencies

NOAA Sea Grant, in collaboration with U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Geological Survey, announces six new partnership positions. The Sea Grant Federal Partnership Liaisons will integrate Sea Grant extension expertise with science, products and services from NOAA labs and other publicly supported scientific research programs. These jointly-funded positions expand on a key component of Sea Grant’s work, extending science to end users and doing so through collaborative partnerships.
 

NOAA Sea Grant-Marine Debris Program partnership continues to address marine debris challenges with six new projects

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NOAA Sea Grant-Marine Debris Program partnership continues to address marine debris challenges with six new projects

NOAA Sea Grant and the NOAA Marine Debris Program announce the funding of six new, creative projects to tackle marine debris challenges across the country. This year’s projects focus on preventing the introduction of marine debris into marine, coastal and Great Lakes environments.

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