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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












*Metrics reported in July 2018 for work conducted February 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018. 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

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

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

A large summer bloom is predicted

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.

Sea Grant, EPA, others partner to clean up Great Lakes

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Sea Grant, EPA, others partner to clean up Great Lakes

Sea Grant programs in the Great Lakes and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are teaming up to raise awareness about cost-sharing programs available through the Great Lakes Legacy Act for sediment cleanup efforts. A new video and social media campaign explain. 

Sea Grant and partners work together to restore culturally important wild rice

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Sea Grant and partners work together to restore culturally important wild rice

Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin Sea Grant programs along with NOAA's Office for Coastal Management and many tribal and local partners are working together to increase community awareness about the cultural and ecological importance of native wild rice. 

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