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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.

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Safety First: Tips for a Safe Summer from Sea Grant
Safety First: Tips for a Safe Summer from Sea Grant

Safety First: Tips for a Safe Summer from Sea Grant

Safety First: Tips for a Safe Summer from Sea Grant

Tourism

Safety First: Tips for a Safe Summer from Sea Grant

It’s almost time for summer fun outdoors and on the water, and that means it’s time to remember, safety first! Sea Grant programs across the nation share information and advice related to safe practices in coastal environments.

Citizen science in shifting sands
Citizen science in shifting sands

Citizen science in shifting sands

Citizen science in shifting sands

Tourism

Citizen science in shifting sands

In a changing climate, sea-level rise, storm surge and erosion all threaten our coasts’ sandy beaches. Teams of volunteer citizen scientists from New Hampshire, Maine and California Sea Grant programs are helping researchers keep a finger on the pulse of the shifting sands.

Eight Sea Grant Programs Awarded Funds from Sea Grant-Marine Debris Special Projects Competition
Eight Sea Grant Programs Awarded Funds from Sea Grant-Marine Debris Special Projects Competition

Eight Sea Grant Programs Awarded Funds from Sea Grant-Marine...

Eight Sea Grant Programs Awarded Funds from Sea Grant-Marine Debris Special Projects Competition

Research

Eight Sea Grant Programs Awarded Funds from Sea Grant-Marine Debris Special Projects Competition

Marine debris is a pervasive global problem that touches every corner of our ocean and Great Lakes. Sea Grant, in collaboration with the NOAA Marine Debris Program, recently awarded $350,000 to eight Sea Grant programs for projects that will research, prevent and remove marine debris in US waters.

Sea Grant addresses water issues nationally
Sea Grant addresses water issues nationally

Sea Grant addresses water issues nationally

Sea Grant addresses water issues nationally

Research

Sea Grant addresses water issues nationally

Freshwater is a precious resource that requires conservation and protection. From water quality to water availability, Sea Grant is addressing key water issues and helping to enact sustainable water management practices throughout the country.​

California Sea Grant publishes new research on microplastics in San Diego estuary fish
California Sea Grant publishes new research on microplastics in San Diego estuary fish

California Sea Grant publishes new research on microplastics...

California Sea Grant publishes new research on microplastics in San Diego estuary fish

California

California Sea Grant publishes new research on microplastics in San Diego estuary fish

In a study led by California Sea Grant Extension Specialist Theresa Talley, researchers found that nearly a quarter of fish sampled from a creek that flows into San Diego Bay contain microplastics. This work, which was recently published in the journal PLOS ONE, examined plastics in coastal sediments and three species of fish.

Georgia Sea Grant to coordinate studies on climate-induced population shifts
Georgia Sea Grant to coordinate studies on climate-induced population shifts

Georgia Sea Grant to coordinate studies on climate-induced...

Georgia Sea Grant to coordinate studies on climate-induced population shifts

Georgia

Georgia Sea Grant to coordinate studies on climate-induced population shifts

Georgia Sea Grant, in partnership with 12 other Sea Grant programs, was awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study human displacement and relocation caused by climate change, and the societal and economic implications of such population shifts.

Sea Grant Makes Waves at Ocean Sciences 2020
Sea Grant Makes Waves at Ocean Sciences 2020

Sea Grant Makes Waves at Ocean Sciences 2020

Sea Grant Makes Waves at Ocean Sciences 2020

Ocean Acidification

Sea Grant Makes Waves at Ocean Sciences 2020

Sea Grant is excited to share its research, education and extension work from across the nation at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020. The gathering of ocean scientists and other professionals will take place in San Diego, CA from February 16-21, 2020.

Sea Grant to Participate in Aquaculture America 2020
Sea Grant to Participate in Aquaculture America 2020

Sea Grant to Participate in Aquaculture America 2020

Sea Grant to Participate in Aquaculture America 2020

Aquaculture

Sea Grant to Participate in Aquaculture America 2020

Aloha! On February 9-12, Sea Grant aquaculture professionals will join thousands of other aquaculture researchers, practitioners, regulators, suppliers and others in Honolulu, Hawaii for the Aquaculture America 2020 conference.

From Knauss Fellowship to center stage: One Knauss Alum’s unique career move from the fellowship to a successful music career
From Knauss Fellowship to center stage: One Knauss Alum’s unique career move from the fellowship to a successful music career

From Knauss Fellowship to center stage: One Knauss Alum’s...

From Knauss Fellowship to center stage: One Knauss Alum’s unique career move from the fellowship to a successful music career

Focus Area

From Knauss Fellowship to center stage: One Knauss Alum’s unique career move from the fellowship to a successful music career

Knauss Fellowship alumni use the experiences they gain during the fellowship to pursue a variety of careers, from NOAA Chief of Staff to professors or U.S. Senate committee staff. But as a musician in the successful band Animal Collective, 2004 fellow Brian Weitz may have the most out-of-the-box “where are they now” story.

Researchers Find Offshore Aquaculture has a Low Nutrient Footprint
Researchers Find Offshore Aquaculture has a Low Nutrient Footprint

Researchers Find Offshore Aquaculture has a Low Nutrient...

Researchers Find Offshore Aquaculture has a Low Nutrient Footprint

Florida

Researchers Find Offshore Aquaculture has a Low Nutrient Footprint

Large-scale offshore aquaculture may have much less environmental impact from nutrient pollution than people suspect, according to a recent study funded by Florida Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries.
Offshore aquaculture is poised to grow in the coming years to help offset the U.S. seafood trade deficit, but concerns have been raised about the potential for fish waste to pollute surrounding waters by introducing unnaturally high nutrient levels. In this new study, researchers found little evidence of nutrient pollution from a commercial cobia aquaculture farm located offshore the Republic of Panama. 

National Academies’ Gulf Research Program and Sea Grant release reports from collaborative workshop series on improving regional oil spill preparedness
National Academies’ Gulf Research Program and Sea Grant release reports from collaborative workshop series on improving regional oil spill preparedness

National Academies’ Gulf Research Program and Sea Grant...

National Academies’ Gulf Research Program and Sea Grant release reports from collaborative workshop series on improving regional oil spill preparedness

Partnerships

National Academies’ Gulf Research Program and Sea Grant release reports from collaborative workshop series on improving regional oil spill preparedness

The Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Program and the Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a series of workshops around the country – in Alabama, Alaska, California, Louisiana, and Virginia – designed to bring regional priorities to the fore in community oil spill preparation and resiliency planning. Five regional workshop reports and one summary report are now available online.

Knauss Fellowship alum Catalina Martinez receives prestigious award for her work in diversity, equity and inclusion
Knauss Fellowship alum Catalina Martinez receives prestigious award for her work in diversity, equity and inclusion

Knauss Fellowship alum Catalina Martinez receives...

Knauss Fellowship alum Catalina Martinez receives prestigious award for her work in diversity, equity and inclusion

People

Knauss Fellowship alum Catalina Martinez receives prestigious award for her work in diversity, equity and inclusion

Catalina Martinez, a 2002 Knauss Fellow through Rhode Island Sea Grant, was one of six NOAA experts  recognized at the 2019 annual Women of Color in STEM conference. Martinez explains how the Knauss Fellowship paved the way for her 18-year career at NOAA.

Sea Grant Recognizes Law Center as a Long-term Component of National Program
Sea Grant Recognizes Law Center as a Long-term Component of National Program

Sea Grant Recognizes Law Center as a Long-term Component of...

Sea Grant Recognizes Law Center as a Long-term Component of National Program

Law Center

Sea Grant Recognizes Law Center as a Long-term Component of National Program

Sea Grant is pleased to announce the designation of the National Sea Grant Law Center (Law Center) as a “coherent area program.” This designation elevates the Law Center from a temporary Sea Grant project to a more permanent component of the National Sea Grant College Program.

Wade into CERF with Sea Grant at the upcoming 25th biennial conference
Wade into CERF with Sea Grant at the upcoming 25th biennial conference

Wade into CERF with Sea Grant at the upcoming 25th biennial...

Wade into CERF with Sea Grant at the upcoming 25th biennial conference

Healthy Coastal Ecosystems

Wade into CERF with Sea Grant at the upcoming 25th biennial conference

Some 1700 people are expected to descend upon Mobile, Alabama on November 3rd-7th for the 25th Biennial Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) Conference. In addition to the Sea Grant scholarship that will be on display through presentations and posters, here is a quick guide to ways in which the National Sea Grant College Program will be present and advancing the conference theme, Responsive | Relevant | Ready.

Sea Grant Awards $2 Million in Research to Improve Understanding, Management of Highly Migratory Species
Sea Grant Awards $2 Million in Research to Improve Understanding, Management of Highly Migratory Species

Sea Grant Awards $2 Million in Research to Improve...

Sea Grant Awards $2 Million in Research to Improve Understanding, Management of Highly Migratory Species

Funding

Sea Grant Awards $2 Million in Research to Improve Understanding, Management of Highly Migratory Species

Three awards totaling $2 million in federal funding were recently awarded through the 2019 Sea Grant Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Research Initiative, a competitive research process.

Sea Grant awards $16 million to advance U.S. aquaculture
Sea Grant awards $16 million to advance U.S. aquaculture

Sea Grant awards $16 million to advance U.S. aquaculture

Sea Grant awards $16 million to advance U.S. aquaculture

Aquaculture

Sea Grant awards $16 million to advance U.S. aquaculture

New research and innovative collaborative efforts aim to advance domestic aquaculture. Forty two new projects funded by Sea Grant in three programs will work to increase understanding and transfer knowledge to end users for different topics and geographies across the U.S.

Sea Grant awards $2 million to advance understanding of American lobster, support industry
Sea Grant awards $2 million to advance understanding of American lobster, support industry

Sea Grant awards $2 million to advance understanding of...

Sea Grant awards $2 million to advance understanding of American lobster, support industry

Funding

Sea Grant awards $2 million to advance understanding of American lobster, support industry

Sea Grant is funding new research aimed at understanding physical and chemical changes affecting American lobster (Homarus americanus) in the Gulf of Maine as well as a regional lobster extension program. 

Great Lakes Resurgence
Great Lakes Resurgence

Great Lakes Resurgence

Great Lakes Resurgence

New York

Great Lakes Resurgence

Revitalization breaks through in this photo essay from National Geographic photographer Peter Essick, in collaboration with the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, demonstrating the renewed majesty of the Great Lakes.

 Take a visual tour of the restoration and resurgence of Great Lakes tributaries that were designated as Areas of Concern under the 1987 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. These tributaries were pinpointed due to significant pollution and habitat problems, but with funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Areas of Concern are getting cleaned up and habitat is being restored.

An ecological investment is bringing life back to the aquatic environment. Tourism, recreation, and development are returning to the basin’s rivers, harbors, and lakes.

NOAA Sea Grant and Fisheries announce 2019 Ecosystem and Population Dynamics Fellows
NOAA Sea Grant and Fisheries announce 2019 Ecosystem and Population Dynamics Fellows

NOAA Sea Grant and Fisheries announce 2019 Ecosystem and...

NOAA Sea Grant and Fisheries announce 2019 Ecosystem and Population Dynamics Fellows

Sea Grant/NMFS Fellowship

NOAA Sea Grant and Fisheries announce 2019 Ecosystem and Population Dynamics Fellows

Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (Fisheries) are pleased to announce the 2019 Fisheries-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship recipients. Eight population and ecosystem dynamics fellowships were awarded through a competitive selection process. The Fisheries-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship program supports students pursuing doctoral degrees in population and ecosystem dynamics as well as marine resources economics. The program is a focused workforce development effort to train highly qualified professionals in areas of critical need for NOAA’s science-based approach to fisheries management.

Teaching Teachers
Teaching Teachers

Teaching Teachers

Teaching Teachers

Ohio

Teaching Teachers

By Christina Dierkes.

Ohio Sea Grant educators provide a wide range of professional learning experiences for teachers, from developing curriculum and teaching Stone Lab workshops to accompanying teachers from across the Great Lakes region in shipboard science workshops aboard the U.S. EPA’s Lake Guardian research vessel. Educators Lyndsey Manzo and Angela Greene have found new ways to help educators take what they learn back to the classroom, and that’s really the end goal of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab’s professional learning efforts. Every time just a few people pick up those lessons and run with them, those efforts reach so many more students than concentrated work by just Sea Grant staff ever could.

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.

Around the Sea Grant Network

Our Functional Areas

Link

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/extensio5

Extension

Sea Grant employs over 500 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 Hot Topics

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 the hot issue listed. 

Aquaculture

Ocean Acidification

Oyster Restoration

Storm Preparedness

Coastal Tourism

 

Science Serving America's Coasts

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