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The United States manages millions of square miles of coastal ecosystems that support a variety of recreational, commercial and subsistence activities. Sea Grant helps residents, natural resource managers and businesses protect and restore healthy coastal habitats for continued ecosystem and public well-being.

 

Wisconsin Sea Grant advises dredged material storage in the Duluth-Superior Port. Credit: John Karl

 

 

SEA GRANT WORK IN HEALTHY COASTAL ECOSYSTEMS RESULTED IN*

200

ECOSYSTEM-BASED MANAGEMENT (EBM) TOOLS

4600

RESOURCE MANAGERS USED EBM APPROACHES

1400000

ACRES OF HABITAT PROTECTED OR RESTORED

150

CLEAN MARINA CERTIFICATIONS

*Metrics reported in July 2017 for work conducted February 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017. EBM = Ecosystem-based management of land, water and living resources as a result of Sea Grant activities.

Healthy Coastal Ecosystem Featured Impacts

Meet Sea Grant Experts Working for Healthy Coastal Ecosystems


Kathyrn Coyne, Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor at the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean and Environments - Dr. Coyne's research is partially funded by Delaware Sea Grant and focuses on harmful algal bloom ecology, as well as how to produce biofuels from microalgae.


"We're working very hard to understand why these harmful algal blooms occur and how we can prevent them."

John Weinstein, Ph.D.

Interim Dean at The Citadel School of Science and Mathematics - Dr. Weinstein's research is funded by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and assesses the sources, the fate and the effects of plastic and microplastic debris in the Charleston Harbor.


"The primary driver of this research has been the intellectual curiosity of the students. They have been the ones to propose the ideas, conduct the research and analyze the data."

John Jacob, Ph.D.

Team lead for the Texas Coastal Watershed Program - The Texas Coastal Watershed Program provides information to local governments and citizens about the impacts of land use on watershed health and water quality on the Texas coast. 


"We’re doing all this because we depend on the land and clean water...I want my grandkids to have a bay where shrimp and shellfish thrive. I want them to see wetlands, partly for their beauty and partly for their role in keeping bays healthy."

Healthy Coastal Ecosystem Stories and News

BayMap Leads to Discoveries in Offshore Waters Near and Far

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BayMap Leads to Discoveries in Offshore Waters Near and Far

To fill a knowledge gap about the shallow seafloor right off Rhode Island's coast, Rhode Island Sea Grant invested in the development of BayMap, a collection of marine habitat maps for Narragansett Bay and surrounding coastal ponds for use by resource managers and scientists.

West Coast Shellfish Industry Recognizes Consequences of Ocean Acidification

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West Coast Shellfish Industry Recognizes Consequences of Ocean Acidification

Seafood Month 2017

A survey funded by Oregon Sea Grant found that more than 80 percent of respondents from the west coast shellfish industry agree that ocean acidification is having negative consequences on production.

Science Serving America's Coasts

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