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Maine Sea Grant achieved college status in 2004 and is based at the University of Maine. They aim to provide marine science research, education, and outreach to address issues of concern to Maine's coastal communities, and help expand a growing marine workforce through formal and informal education programs, fellowships and scholarships.

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Maine Sea Grant by the Numbers

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*Metrics reported in July 2018 for work conducted February 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018. Economic impact = market and non-market value of Sea Grant's work; value of jobs and businesses. Businesses = the number of businesses created or sustained as a result of Sea Grant efforts. "Students supported" includes new and continuing students receiving financial support to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree.

Maine Sea Grant Featured Impacts

Meet Maine Sea Grant Experts



Dana Morse

Marine Extension Associate - Dana Morse provides training and technical assistance to shellfish farmers to help advance an emerging aquaculture industry and satisfy the demand for sustainable seafood in the region.


"I have seen a sector get its feet under it and solidify to become a solid thing."



Natalie Springuel

Coastal Community Development Extension Associate - Natalie has led workshops instructing farmers how they could boost their profits through tourism by conducting tours of aquaculture farm sites.


"I used to work in the tourism industry for 15 years before I came to Sea Grant, so I am the person that tends to immediately respond to tourism things."



Charlotte Quigley

Ph.D. candidate, University of Maine School of Marine Sciences - Charlotte's research examines temperature tolerance of the red seaweed, Alaria esculenta, to inform the viability of this seaweed as a sustainable option for aquaculture now and into the future.


"Sea Grant was the foundation funder of all of the work that we do in our lab...a lot of the basic equipment, structure and the ability to use nurseries has all been because of Sea Grant."

Maine Stories and News

Sea Grant Recognizes Best in Program

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Sea Grant Recognizes Best in Program

Sea Grant recently rolled out the (virtual) red carpet to recognize some of its own for their exemplary efforts at putting science to work for America’s coastal communities.

As 2020 draws to a close, Sea Grant is reflecting on its best moments of what has been an especially challenging year. Several Sea Grant projects and people were recently recognized by the Sea Grant Association (SGA) for their exceptional work. 


Celebrating American Lobster Initiative successes on National Lobster Day

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Celebrating American Lobster Initiative successes on National Lobster Day

The Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative, created in 2019, works to understand ecosystem changes affecting American lobster and share findings with regional stakeholders who can use the information to influence lobster management. This National Lobster Day (September 25) take a look at the extension and research strides made by Sea Grant’s American Lobster Initiative in its first year.

NOAA Sea Grant and Fisheries announce 2018 Joint Fellowship Recipients

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NOAA Sea Grant and Fisheries announce 2018 Joint Fellowship Recipients

The National Marine Fisheries Service-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship program supports students pursuing doctoral degrees in population and ecosystem dynamics as well as marine resource 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.

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