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Wisconsin Sea Grant achieved college status in 1972 and is based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They are a statewide program of basic and applied research, education, and outreach and technology transfer dedicated to the stewardship and sustainable use of the nation's Great Lakes and ocean resources.

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Wisconsin Sea Grant by the Numbers

2017 (pdf)

2016 (pdf)

 

SEA GRANT WORK IN WISCONSIN RESULTED IN*

$63.6M

ECONOMIC IMPACT

217

JOBS

1059

SEAFOOD INDUSTRY PERSONNEL ENGAGED IN SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES

18192

K-12 STUDENTS REACHED

 
 
 

*Metrics are direct results of Sea Grant work between February 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020 as reported by Sea Grant programs in Summer 2020. Economic impact = market and non-market value of Sea Grant's work; value of jobs and businesses. Jobs = jobs created or sustained as a result of Sea Grant efforts. Seafood industry personnel refers to the number of fishermen, seafood processing or aquaculture industry personnel who modify their practices using knowledge gained in fisheries sustainability and seafood safety as a result of Sea Grant activities. K-12 students reached through Sea Grant education efforts.

Wisconsin Sea Grant Featured Impacts

Meet Wisconsin Sea Grant Experts


Harvey Bootsma, Ph.D.

Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Dr. Bootsma received funding from Wisconsin Sea Grant to study the effects of the invasive quagga mussel on plankton abundance in Lake Michigan.


"Sea Grant allows us to address very relevant questions for stakeholders on Lake Michigan; whether you’re a sport fisher, commercial fisher or beach goer…Sea Grant has facilitated getting the results of our work out to the public and really help our research have an impact on stakeholders."

Julia Noordyk

Water Quality and Coastal Communities Outreach Specialist - Julia helps communities become more resilient to coastal storms and flooding. One of her main projects include restoration of the Cat Island Chain in Green Bay.


"One of the most exciting things for me is that I get work with communities to help solve water quality and coastal hazard issues. I get to bring science-based information to them so they can make appropriate decisions for themselves."

Tamara Thomsen

Maritime Archeologist - Tamara works at the Wisconsin Historical Society and assists Wisconsin Sea Grant in their tourism initiatives.


"Through our partnership with the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant, it has allowed us to bring back to life the stories of the mariners. It’s allowed us to share the stories of historic ports and development along our Great Lakes."

Wisconsin Stories and News

Sea Grant Selects “Food from the Sea” Career Program Development Projects

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Sea Grant Selects “Food from the Sea” Career Program Development Projects

NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program and Office of Sustainable Fisheries awarded approximately $900,000 of FY21 federal funds to support projects that will initiate “Food from the Sea'' career development programs. With these funds, Sea Grant programs and partners will work collaboratively with members of the fishing industry to identify training needs and develop updated and/or new resources and programming to address those needs.  

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 awards $3.5 million to improve sustainable aquaculture, strengthen seafood resources

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NOAA Sea Grant awards $3.5 million to improve sustainable aquaculture, strengthen seafood resources

NOAA Sea Grant today announced $3.5 million in federal funding to support two efforts aiding sustainable growth of U.S. seafood, one focused on improving coordination for marine aquaculture development and another that addresses COVID-19 impacts to seafood resources.  

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.

Beach Ambassadors, including CEI intern, fill vital role on Milwaukee beach

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Beach Ambassadors, including CEI intern, fill vital role on Milwaukee beach

This summer on Bradford Beach in Milwaukee, swimmers might notice people in light blue T-shirts pushing an ice cream cart across the sand. Instead of frozen treats, the cart contains brochures and other information that beachgoers need to keep safe. The cart is part of a new Beach Ambassador Pilot Project run by Wisconsin Sea Grant, Milwaukee Water Commons, Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Coastline Services LLC and the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center.

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