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Sea Grant Extension


Sea Grant provides a workforce of over 500 on‐the‐ground extension agents who reside in many of the communities they serve. As trusted experts who are considered honest brokers of information (non-advocacy), extension agents provide reliable technical and science‐based information to residents to address local needs while also transferring research priorities back to their universities.

Extension agents also work closely with Sea Grant communicators and educators, connecting university resources and expertise with local communities and user groups. An agent might develop new information through original applied research, gather existing information for user needs, transmit information and skills through pamphlets, courses, workshops, lectures and meetings; provide technical reviews of research and policies; and stimulate new research to meet perceived needs. In short, these specialists take complex information and show people how to use it to solve problems. Extension agents are focused on specific topics such as improving fisheries management, seafood safety, fishing gear enhancement, developing sustainable aquaculture, decreasing water pollution, restoring habitat and other topics that advance the safety and productivity of coastal‐related commerce.

 

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EXTENSION

PROFESSIONALS

366108

VOLUNTEER 

HOURS

300

COMMUNITIES 

IMPROVE 

HAZARD RESILIENCE

430000

INDIVIDUALS REACHED

THROUGH 

WORKSHOPS

Metrics reported July 2017 for work completed February 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017.


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Florida Sea Grant Helped Save Keys Lobster Industry Nearly $4 million After Hurricane Irma

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Florida Sea Grant Helped Save Keys Lobster Industry Nearly $4 million After Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma displaced more than 150,000 spiny lobster traps in the Florida Keys last year, sometimes miles away from their original locations. But a novel eyes-in-the-sky solution developed with support from Florida Sea Grant has saved the industry nearly $4 million.

North Carolina Sea Grant Extension Director Honored

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North Carolina Sea Grant Extension Director Honored

Extension Director Jack Thigpen recognized for two decades of service to Sea Grant

When the national Sea Grant office asks the network of 33 programs for examples of outstanding community outreach and collaboration, one name is often suggested: North Carolina Sea Grant's Jack Thigpen.

Getting Students Hooked on Science

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Getting Students Hooked on Science

Maryland Sea Grant partners with teachers to bring aquaculture into the classroom

Maryland Sea Grant is working to increase environmental literacy by partnering with teachers to bring aquaculture into the classroom.

USC Sea Grant publishes lessons learned from community engagement efforts

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USC Sea Grant publishes lessons learned from community engagement efforts

The Stakes are Rising: Lessons on Engaging Coastal Communities on Climate Adaptation in Southern California was published in the Cities and the Environment journal in November 2017

USC Sea Grant has worked with communities in southern California for over six years on climate adaptation planning. They analyzed their efforts and published the analysis in the Cities and the Environment Journal.

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