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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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Catch Sea Grant at Capitol Hill Ocean Week
Catch Sea Grant at Capitol Hill Ocean Week

Catch Sea Grant at Capitol Hill Ocean Week

Catch Sea Grant at Capitol Hill Ocean Week

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Catch Sea Grant at Capitol Hill Ocean Week

Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) gathers people together from across the U.S. and around the world to engage in a dialogue on how to sustain the health of our ocean and Great Lakes. Connect with Sea Grant at CHOW 2021, held virtually June 8-10.

Encouraging Diverse Perspectives
Encouraging Diverse Perspectives

Encouraging Diverse Perspectives

Encouraging Diverse Perspectives

Georgia

Encouraging Diverse Perspectives

Mona Behl, the Associate Director for Georgia Sea Grant and a co-lead in Sea Grant's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion community of practice is interviewed by 2021 Knauss Fellow, Amara Davis. Mona discusses her journey to Sea Grant, the important work Sea Grant is doing to make the sciences more equitable, and what we can all do to facilitate a more inclusive future.

Minnesota Sea Grant Study Shows Protecting Local Water has Global Benefits
Minnesota Sea Grant Study Shows Protecting Local Water has Global Benefits

Minnesota Sea Grant Study Shows Protecting Local Water has...

Minnesota Sea Grant Study Shows Protecting Local Water has Global Benefits

Minnesota

Minnesota Sea Grant Study Shows Protecting Local Water has Global Benefits

New research, led by Minnesota Sea Grant Director John A. Downing, demonstrates why keeping local lakes and other waterbodies clean produces cost-effective benefits locally and globally. The authors found that adding up global financial benefits of clean water shows that keeping water clean can help slow climate change, saving trillions of dollars.

Small business partnership leads to big advances in water quality monitoring
Small business partnership leads to big advances in water quality monitoring

Small business partnership leads to big advances in water...

Small business partnership leads to big advances in water quality monitoring

Partnerships

Small business partnership leads to big advances in water quality monitoring

Sea Grant is partnering with Swift Engineering on the development of a buoy like none before. Check out this multimedia feature to learn more about Sea Grant and Swift’s partnership on Kelp.

Sea Grant partnership seeks research proposals focused on the co-existence of ocean energy with Northeast fishing and coastal communities
Sea Grant partnership seeks research proposals focused on the co-existence of ocean energy with Northeast fishing and coastal communities

Sea Grant partnership seeks research proposals focused on...

Sea Grant partnership seeks research proposals focused on the co-existence of ocean energy with Northeast fishing and coastal communities

Partnerships

Sea Grant partnership seeks research proposals focused on the co-existence of ocean energy with Northeast fishing and coastal communities

The Northeast Sea Grant Consortium, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office and Water Power Technologies Office, and NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center, announces a research funding opportunity to improve understanding of offshore renewable energy interactions with fishing and coastal communities to optimize ocean co-use. Pre-proposals are due May 14, 2021.

Sea Grant Facilitates External Research to Determine Abundance of Red Snapper
Sea Grant Facilitates External Research to Determine Abundance of Red Snapper

Sea Grant Facilitates External Research to Determine...

Sea Grant Facilitates External Research to Determine Abundance of Red Snapper

Partnerships

Sea Grant Facilitates External Research to Determine Abundance of Red Snapper

Sea Grant and its research partners announced two updates on efforts to better understand red snapper populations in U.S. coastal waters today. These complementary projects, which are interdisciplinary and connected to multiple partners and stakeholders are being conducted by external, university-based teams and administered by Sea Grant. 

Community Resilience from Start to Finish
Community Resilience from Start to Finish

Community Resilience from Start to Finish

Community Resilience from Start to Finish

Partnerships

Community Resilience from Start to Finish

For Sea Grant, resilience is more than a buzzword. As a network of 34 university-based programs, Sea Grant brings together experts in coastal processes, hazards, climate change, and urban planning to support cutting-edge research and outreach. Sea Grant is involved in every aspect of climate resilience planning and implementation, from start to finish. Tour some of Sea Grant's latest projects and on-going efforts to sustain diverse and vibrant coastal economies.

Celebrate Women's History Month by Learning About Knauss Fellowship Alumnae
Celebrate Women's History Month by Learning About Knauss Fellowship Alumnae

Celebrate Women's History Month by Learning About Knauss...

Celebrate Women's History Month by Learning About Knauss Fellowship Alumnae

Education

Celebrate Women's History Month by Learning About Knauss Fellowship Alumnae

The Knauss Fellowship offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work on marine and coastal policy issues in the nation's capital. Four alumnae of the Knauss Fellowship share their experiences with science, policy, communication, cultural identity and more, in their own words.

Sea Grant’s recent research publications highlight notable work across focus areas
Sea Grant’s recent research publications highlight notable work across focus areas

Sea Grant’s recent research publications highlight notable...

Sea Grant’s recent research publications highlight notable work across focus areas

Oregon

Sea Grant’s recent research publications highlight notable work across focus areas

Research is an essential component of Sea Grant’s work in coastal and Great Lakes communities, supporting scientists from hundreds of institutions. Here are just a few of Sea Grant’s recent research publications that are making a splash.
 

 

After 50 years of on-site experiential education programs, Georgia Sea Grant goes virtual
After 50 years of on-site experiential education programs, Georgia Sea Grant goes virtual

After 50 years of on-site experiential education programs,...

After 50 years of on-site experiential education programs, Georgia Sea Grant goes virtual

Georgia

After 50 years of on-site experiential education programs, Georgia Sea Grant goes virtual

Educators at Georgia Sea Grant’s Marine Education Center and Aquarium are bringing the on-site, outdoor experiences to the classroom for the first time by way of virtual school trips.

Sea Grant awards $4.7 million to strengthen economics of U.S. aquaculture
Sea Grant awards $4.7 million to strengthen economics of U.S. aquaculture

Sea Grant awards $4.7 million to strengthen economics of...

Sea Grant awards $4.7 million to strengthen economics of U.S. aquaculture

Funding

Sea Grant awards $4.7 million to strengthen economics of U.S. aquaculture

Sea Grant today announced $4.7 million in federal funding to support 12 research projects to advance the understanding of the economics of aquaculture businesses and provide the industry with important market information to aid sustainable growth in the U.S.

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant announces greater amberjack funding opportunity for Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic regions
Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant announces greater amberjack funding opportunity for Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic regions

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant announces greater amberjack...

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant announces greater amberjack funding opportunity for Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic regions

Funding

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant announces greater amberjack funding opportunity for Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic regions

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) is accepting proposal submissions to estimate the abundance of greater amberjack in the U.S. waters in the Gulf of Mexico (GoMEX) and South Atlantic (SA) regions. A letter of intent is required to submit a full proposal and is due on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021.

Congress Reauthorizes NOAA Sea Grant through 2025
Congress Reauthorizes NOAA Sea Grant through 2025

Congress Reauthorizes NOAA Sea Grant through 2025

Congress Reauthorizes NOAA Sea Grant through 2025

State Programs

Congress Reauthorizes NOAA Sea Grant through 2025

Sea Grant was reauthorized by Congress through 2025. The bill became law on December 18, 2020. 

Relief that Restores: Shellfish Aquaculture
Relief that Restores: Shellfish Aquaculture

Relief that Restores: Shellfish Aquaculture

Relief that Restores: Shellfish Aquaculture

New Jersey

Relief that Restores: Shellfish Aquaculture

Several Sea Grant projects purchased farm fresh seafood originally intended for local restaurants and repurposed it to restore aquatic and marine environments. Not only did this creative solution aid in local restoration efforts but it also provided immediate relief to aquaculture producers whose sales were impacted by the pandemic.

Sea Grant Recognizes Best in Program
Sea Grant Recognizes Best in Program

Sea Grant Recognizes Best in Program

Sea Grant Recognizes Best in Program

Virginia

Sea Grant Recognizes Best in Program

As 2020 draws to a close, Sea Grant is reflecting on its best moments of what has been an especially challenging year. Several Sea Grant projects and people were recently recognized by the Sea Grant Association (SGA) for their exceptional work. 

 

Sea Grant-supported research publications have local to global impact
Sea Grant-supported research publications have local to global impact

Sea Grant-supported research publications have local to...

Sea Grant-supported research publications have local to global impact

Research

Sea Grant-supported research publications have local to global impact

Sea Grant-supported research is consistently published in high-quality journals and is highly cited in local, regional, and international publications, according to a recent study. This assessment of over 6,500 peer-reviewed publications from 2001-2015 also shows that while Sea Grant research projects typically address local issues, the work is often cited well beyond that, in fact, sometimes worldwide.

National Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative: 2020 Update
National Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative: 2020 Update

National Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative: 2020 Update

National Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative: 2020 Update

Aquaculture

National Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative: 2020 Update

In 2020, Sea Grant continued to engage in hundreds of aquaculture-related projects and ongoing efforts, leveraging federal dollars well beyond the federal investment with partnerships and collaborative efforts. This year, several established projects selected in previous years received continued funding, and many new initiatives were launched. 

North Carolina Sea Grant Study Finds Spreading Ghost Forests on NC Coast may Contribute to Climate Change
North Carolina Sea Grant Study Finds Spreading Ghost Forests on NC Coast may Contribute to Climate Change

North Carolina Sea Grant Study Finds Spreading Ghost Forests...

North Carolina Sea Grant Study Finds Spreading Ghost Forests on NC Coast may Contribute to Climate Change

North Carolina

North Carolina Sea Grant Study Finds Spreading Ghost Forests on NC Coast may Contribute to Climate Change

A new study, funded in part by North Carolina Sea Grant, has found the spread of ghost forests across a coastal region of North Carolina may have implications for global warming. Ghost forests are areas where rising seas have killed off freshwater-dependent trees, leaving dead or dying white snags standing in marsh.

Connect virtually with Sea Grant at Restore America’s Estuaries’/Coastal States Organization’s 2020 Summit
Connect virtually with Sea Grant at Restore America’s Estuaries’/Coastal States Organization’s 2020 Summit

Connect virtually with Sea Grant at Restore America’s...

Connect virtually with Sea Grant at Restore America’s Estuaries’/Coastal States Organization’s 2020 Summit

Blue Carbon

Connect virtually with Sea Grant at Restore America’s Estuaries’/Coastal States Organization’s 2020 Summit

Network with Sea Grant colleagues and learn the latest in coastal restoration and management during Restore America’s Estuaries’/Coastal States Organization’s National Coastal & Estuarine Summit, held virtually September 29 – October 1, 2020.

Celebrating American Lobster Initiative successes on National Lobster Day
Celebrating American Lobster Initiative successes on National Lobster Day

Celebrating American Lobster Initiative successes on...

Celebrating American Lobster Initiative successes on National Lobster Day

Partnerships

Celebrating American Lobster Initiative successes on National Lobster Day

The Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative, created in 2019, works to understand ecosystem changes affecting American lobster and share findings with regional stakeholders who can use the information to influence lobster management. This National Lobster Day (September 25) take a look at the extension and research strides made by Sea Grant’s American Lobster Initiative in its first year.

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

Environmental 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 community 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

Coastal Hazards Preparedness

Coastal Tourism

Blue Carbon

  

Science Serving America's Coasts

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