Sea Grant Networks and Communities of Practice
Sea Grant has established informal and formal networks and communities of practice in order to collaborate and share information with each other and a variety of stakeholders.
- Social Science Community of Practice – Coordinated through the National Sea Grant Office, members share information and best management practices about Sea Grant program social science projects and investments.
- Sea Grant Climate Network– Seeks to increase the effectiveness of Sea Grant climate programming and outreach nationwide.
- Sustainable Coastal Community Development (SCCD) Network – Works to develop vibrant, productive coastal communities in healthy coastal and marine ecosystems.
- Sea Grant Legal Network – Raises awareness about Sea Grant’s law and policy programming, facilitates collaboration among Sea Grant programs and supports Sea Grant law and policy efforts locally, regionally and nationally. Core members come from the recognized law and policy programs within the Sea Grant network. There are five law and policy programs: the National Sea Grant Law Center, the Louisiana Sea Grant Law and Policy Program, the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program, the North Carolina Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center, and the Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program. Associate members include attorneys from the Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Illinois-Indiana and Florida Sea Grant programs.
- Sea Grant Education Network – A nationwide network of Sea Grant educators who deliver marine and aquatic science education to teachers and students of all ages. The goal is to provide educators with insights into contemporary marine and aquatic science issues and research, and to provide strategies to bring this information to their students. The Sea Grant network offers a variety of programs and resources in marine and aquatic sciences for K-12 students and teachers, undergraduate and graduate students and the general public, including publications, workshops, conferences, summer internships, informal education for the general public, radio programs, websites, videos and other electronic media on topics ranging from coastal ecosystems to aquatic invasive species.
- Sea Grant Extension Assembly – The Assembly facilitates communication and interaction among the Sea Grant Extension programs and with others in and outside of the Sea Grant network. This network seeks to improve the delivery of science-based information to constituent groups at the local, regional and national levels in support of the Sea Grant mission.
- Sea Grant Communicators' Network – Sea Grant communications professionals share information, best management practices and collaborate on projects at state, regional and national levels.
- National Sea Grant Web Specialists/Web Developers Network – The WebDev Group is a standing committee of the National Sea Grant Communicators Network.
Many Sea Grant programs actively participate in regional Sea Grant networks to support research and outreach projects of mutual interest, to exchange information, and to collaborate on educational, informational and technological resources and products.