Friday, August 26, 2016

Fifty Years of Putting Science to Work for America's Coastal Communities

In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed The National Sea Grant College and Program Act, establishing the Sea Grant Program. Today, the National Sea Grant College program is a network of 33 programs based at top universities in every coastal and Great Lakes state, Puerto Rico, and Guam. These programs represent partnerships between universities and the federal government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), allowing Sea Grant to direct federal resources to pressing problems in local communities.


For 50 years, Sea Grant has worked to create and maintain a healthy coastal environment and economy, and to help citizens understand, conserve and better utilize America’s coastal, ocean and Great Lakes resources. By drawing on the experience of more than 3,000 scientists, engineers, public outreach experts, educators and students from more than 300 institutions, Sea Grant is able to make an impact at local and state levels, and serve as a powerful national force for change. 

Read the story: Sea Grant Announces 50th Anniversary

Download: 50th Anniversary handout


As part of the 50th anniversary celebration, Sea Grant is hosting or participating in the following events:

30-second video: 50 Years of Sea Grant Science


10-minute Video: 50 Years of Sea Grant Science

Sea Grant's 50th Anniversary Themes

While Sea Grant excels in many areas, the following topics will be highlighted throughout the celebratory year:

  • March 2016 - The First 50 Years of Sea Grant
  • April 2016 - Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
  • May 2016 - Community Resilience
  • June 2016 - Coastal Tourism
  • July 2016 - Water Resources
  • August 2016 - Graduate Education
  • September 2016 - Healthy Coastal Habitats
  • October 2016 - Aquaculture and Seafood
  • November 2016 - Workforce Development
  • December 2016 - Sustainable Development
  • January 2017 - "K to Gray" Education
  • February 2017 - Climate
  • March 2017 - The Next 50 Years of Sea Grant
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