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For over 50 years, the National Sea Grant College Program has supported coastal and Great Lakes communities through research, extension and education.

Sea Grant's mission is to enhance the practical use and conservation of coastal, marine and Great Lakes resources in order to create a sustainable economy and environment.

Our Focus Areas

http://seagrant-redesign.hq.oar.noaa.gov/Our-Work/HCE

Healthy Coastal
Ecosystems

Sea Grant works to protect, enhance and restore habitats, ecosystems and the services they provide. 

http://seagrant-redesign.hq.oar.noaa.gov/Our-Work/SFA

Sustainable Fisheries & Aquaculture

Sea Grant works with fishing communities to advance sustainable, domestic fisheries and aquaculture. 

http://seagrant-redesign.hq.oar.noaa.gov/Our-Work/RCE

Resilient Communities & Economies

Sea Grant helps coastal and Great Lakes communities prepare for and adapt to changing conditions. 

http://seagrant-redesign.hq.oar.noaa.gov/Our-Work/ELWD

Environment Literacy & Workforce Development

Sea Grant supports and trains a diverse and skilled workforce that is environmentally literate and equipped to address national and local needs.

Our Functional Areas

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Research

Sea Grant employs or supports thousands of scientists to address emerging and pressing needs related to the four strategic focus areas. 

http://seagrant-redesign.hq.oar.noaa.gov/extension

Extension

Sea Grant employs over 300 on-the-ground extension specialists who serve as honest brokers of scientific information to support communiity needs. 

http://seagrant-redesign.hq.oar.noaa.gov/education

Education

Sea Grant educators provide instruction and tools to teachers, students, working professionals and the public on topics related to the four strategic focus areas.

Sea Grant News

Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries announce 2017 Joint Fellowship Recipients
Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries announce 2017 Joint Fellowship Recipients

Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries announce 2017 Joint Fellowship...

Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries announce 2017 Joint Fellowship Recipients

Partnerships

Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries announce 2017 Joint Fellowship Recipients

World’s Largest Aquaponics Operation Opens in American Heartland
World’s Largest Aquaponics Operation Opens in American Heartland

World’s Largest Aquaponics Operation Opens in American...

World’s Largest Aquaponics Operation Opens in American Heartland

Partnerships

World’s Largest Aquaponics Operation Opens in American Heartland

Sea Grant supported research, education and workforce development to help make it possible
Sea Grant shares lessons learned from coastal storms to help communities
Sea Grant shares lessons learned from coastal storms to help communities

Sea Grant shares lessons learned from coastal storms to help...

Sea Grant shares lessons learned from coastal storms to help communities

Partnerships

Sea Grant shares lessons learned from coastal storms to help communities

Sea Grant engages in vulnerability assessments, resilience planning, and social science initiatives to learn from previous storms and lesson impacts of future storms.
Seafood Recipes Compiled across Sea Grant Network
Seafood Recipes Compiled across Sea Grant Network

Seafood Recipes Compiled across Sea Grant Network

Seafood Recipes Compiled across Sea Grant Network

50th Anniversary

Seafood Recipes Compiled across Sea Grant Network

Florida Sea Grant compiled seafood recipes from around the Sea Grant network to celebrate 50 years of supporting Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture.
The Joy of Discovery: Summer Science Marine Lab Inspires Students
The Joy of Discovery: Summer Science Marine Lab Inspires Students

The Joy of Discovery: Summer Science Marine Lab Inspires...

The Joy of Discovery: Summer Science Marine Lab Inspires Students

USC

The Joy of Discovery: Summer Science Marine Lab Inspires Students

USC Sea Grant’s program has a lasting impact on students, enabling them to learn about science and themselves.
From the classroom to the field: Sea Grant transforms environmental education in Puerto Rico
From the classroom to the field: Sea Grant transforms environmental education in Puerto Rico

From the classroom to the field: Sea Grant transforms...

From the classroom to the field: Sea Grant transforms environmental education in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

From the classroom to the field: Sea Grant transforms environmental education in Puerto Rico

In 2016, Puerto Rico Sea Grant staff trained about 205 teachers and reached 38,882 students through improved environmental curriculum.
Washington Sea Grant researchers seek paths forward in local conflicts over geoduck farming
Washington Sea Grant researchers seek paths forward in local conflicts over geoduck farming

Washington Sea Grant researchers seek paths forward in local...

Washington Sea Grant researchers seek paths forward in local conflicts over geoduck farming

Washington

Washington Sea Grant researchers seek paths forward in local conflicts over geoduck farming

With a greater ecological understanding, Washington Sea Grant works to increase understanding of social perspectives of geoduck clam aquaculture. 
The Unexpected Tastiness of the Green Crab
The Unexpected Tastiness of the Green Crab

The Unexpected Tastiness of the Green Crab

The Unexpected Tastiness of the Green Crab

Washington

The Unexpected Tastiness of the Green Crab

Sea Grant programs are pushing to make invasive green crabs attractive as a menu item.
Alaska Sea Grant researcher develops dog treats from fish skin
Alaska Sea Grant researcher develops dog treats from fish skin

Alaska Sea Grant researcher develops dog treats from fish...

Alaska Sea Grant researcher develops dog treats from fish skin

Alaska

Alaska Sea Grant researcher develops dog treats from fish skin

The award winning product aims to create a new market for the tons of fish skin that goes to waste in processing.
Sea Grant announces the 2018 Knauss Fellowship finalists
Sea Grant announces the 2018 Knauss Fellowship finalists

Sea Grant announces the 2018 Knauss Fellowship finalists

Sea Grant announces the 2018 Knauss Fellowship finalists

Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship

Sea Grant announces the 2018 Knauss Fellowship finalists

Sixty one finalists have been selected for the 2018 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, a program sponsored and managed by the National Sea Grant College Program.
Wisconsin Sea Grant documents value of recreational fishing in Lake Michigan
Wisconsin Sea Grant documents value of recreational fishing in Lake Michigan

Wisconsin Sea Grant documents value of recreational fishing...

Wisconsin Sea Grant documents value of recreational fishing in Lake Michigan

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Sea Grant documents value of recreational fishing in Lake Michigan

Wisconsin Sea Grant researcher quantifies the value of Lake Michigan sports fisheries
Georgia Sea Grant supports study to enhance understanding Georgia’s jellyfish industry
Georgia Sea Grant supports study to enhance understanding Georgia’s jellyfish industry

Georgia Sea Grant supports study to enhance understanding...

Georgia Sea Grant supports study to enhance understanding Georgia’s jellyfish industry

Georgia

Georgia Sea Grant supports study to enhance understanding Georgia’s jellyfish industry

Georgia Sea Grant funded the development and testing of a turtle excluder device (TED) to help jellyfish trawl fishermen operate more efficiently.
World’s oldest continuously monitored coral reef transect celebrates 100 years
World’s oldest continuously monitored coral reef transect celebrates 100 years

World’s oldest continuously monitored coral reef transect...

World’s oldest continuously monitored coral reef transect celebrates 100 years

Partnerships

World’s oldest continuously monitored coral reef transect celebrates 100 years

The Aua transect on Tutuila island in the remote island territory of American Samoa recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, and scientists from throughout the region traveled to the island to celebrate and conduct the 100th year transect survey.  
New technique could improve Alaska farmed oyster and kelp productivity
New technique could improve Alaska farmed oyster and kelp productivity

New technique could improve Alaska farmed oyster and kelp...

New technique could improve Alaska farmed oyster and kelp productivity

Alaska

New technique could improve Alaska farmed oyster and kelp productivity

Alaska Sea Grant is getting the word out about a technique that could enhance farmed oyster and kelp productivity.
NH Sea Grant-funded researchers identify roads under new threat from rising sea levels
NH Sea Grant-funded researchers identify roads under new threat from rising sea levels

NH Sea Grant-funded researchers identify roads under new...

NH Sea Grant-funded researchers identify roads under new threat from rising sea levels

New Hampshire

NH Sea Grant-funded researchers identify roads under new threat from rising sea levels

Researchers funded by N.H. Sea Grant describe the effects of rising groundwater levels from sea level rise on N.H.'s coastal roads.
Student video offers solutions to marine debris problems in Great Lakes
Student video offers solutions to marine debris problems in Great Lakes

Student video offers solutions to marine debris problems in...

Student video offers solutions to marine debris problems in Great Lakes

Michigan

Student video offers solutions to marine debris problems in Great Lakes

A group of fifth-grade students from Alpena, Michigan created a movie to help everyone understand why marine debris is a problem and to offer ideas about how they can contribute toward solutions.
“Consider it a practice run:” Hawai’i Sea Grant and partners advise state of unusually high tide levels expected this summer
“Consider it a practice run:” Hawai’i Sea Grant and partners advise state of unusually high tide levels expected this summer

“Consider it a practice run:” Hawai’i Sea Grant and partners...

“Consider it a practice run:” Hawai’i Sea Grant and partners advise state of unusually high tide levels expected this summer

Partnerships

“Consider it a practice run:” Hawai’i Sea Grant and partners advise state of unusually high tide levels expected this summer

The highest mean water levels ever recorded in Hawai'i occurred in April 2017. Scientists with the University of Hawaii and Sea Grant predict there is more to come and provide early notice to help communities prepare.
Research highlight: New evidence that catch shares slow the
Research highlight: New evidence that catch shares slow the

Research highlight: New evidence that catch shares slow the...

Research highlight: New evidence that catch shares slow the "race to fish"

Partnerships

Research highlight: New evidence that catch shares slow the "race to fish"

A new paper in the journal Nature by researchers at Duke University provides strong evidence that catch share management slows the race to fish in U.S. fisheries on average. Some counterexamples in multispecies settings motivate ongoing work.
Ohio Sea Grant researchers move one step closer to sediment pollution cleanup in Lake Erie
Ohio Sea Grant researchers move one step closer to sediment pollution cleanup in Lake Erie

Ohio Sea Grant researchers move one step closer to sediment...

Ohio Sea Grant researchers move one step closer to sediment pollution cleanup in Lake Erie

Ohio

Ohio Sea Grant researchers move one step closer to sediment pollution cleanup in Lake Erie

Removal of polluted sediment from lake and river bottoms can be costly and time consuming. Ohio Sea Grant researchers are developing a new method using ultrasound and chemical agents, potentially making pollutant clean up faster and less costly.
Crabbers offer ideas on how to reduce injuries at sea
Crabbers offer ideas on how to reduce injuries at sea

Crabbers offer ideas on how to reduce injuries at sea

Crabbers offer ideas on how to reduce injuries at sea

Washington

Crabbers offer ideas on how to reduce injuries at sea

West Coast crabbers and faculty with Oregon State University and Sea Grant programs in Oregon and Washington have been exploring ways to reduce injuries at sea.

Sea Grant Hot Issues

Within each of Sea Grant's four focus areas, there are specific initiatives taken based on national and local needs as well as emerging issues. Each of the pages below provides highlights of this hot issue listed. 

Aquaculture

Social Science (coming soon)

Storm Preparedness (coming soon)

Ocean Acidification (coming soon)

Science Serving America's Coasts

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