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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.

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.

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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 News

NOAA Sea Grant and Fisheries announce 2018 Joint Fellowship Recipients
NOAA Sea Grant and Fisheries announce 2018 Joint Fellowship Recipients

NOAA Sea Grant and Fisheries announce 2018 Joint Fellowship...

NOAA Sea Grant and Fisheries announce 2018 Joint Fellowship Recipients

Sea Grant/NMFS Fellowship

NOAA Sea Grant and Fisheries announce 2018 Joint Fellowship Recipients

The National Marine Fisheries Service-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship program supports students pursuing doctoral degrees in population and ecosystem dynamics as well as marine resource economics. The program is a focused workforce development effort to train highly qualified professionals in areas...
Oregon Sea Grant to Host Workshops on Fisheries Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Oregon Sea Grant to Host Workshops on Fisheries Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

Oregon Sea Grant to Host Workshops on Fisheries Population...

Oregon Sea Grant to Host Workshops on Fisheries Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

Partnerships

Oregon Sea Grant to Host Workshops on Fisheries Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

Oregon Sea Grant and NOAA programs partner to offer professional development opportunities for undergraduate students
Rising above the tide
Rising above the tide

Rising above the tide

Rising above the tide

Partnerships

Rising above the tide

Recent work from Washington and Hawai'i Sea Grant programs highlights Sea Grant's role in preparing coastal communities across the country for rising sea levels.
Sea Grant Announces 2019 Finalists for Knauss Fellowship Program
Sea Grant Announces 2019 Finalists for Knauss Fellowship Program

Sea Grant Announces 2019 Finalists for Knauss Fellowship...

Sea Grant Announces 2019 Finalists for Knauss Fellowship Program

Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship

Sea Grant Announces 2019 Finalists for Knauss Fellowship Program

Since 1979, the National Sea Grant College Program has provided one-year fellowships working in federal government offices in Washington, D.C. to over 1,200 early-career professionals. The 2019 finalists will become the 40th class of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program.
Ohio Sea Grant to announce 2018 Harmful Algal Bloom forecast for Lake Erie on July 12
Ohio Sea Grant to announce 2018 Harmful Algal Bloom forecast for Lake Erie on July 12

Ohio Sea Grant to announce 2018 Harmful Algal Bloom forecast...

Ohio Sea Grant to announce 2018 Harmful Algal Bloom forecast for Lake Erie on July 12

Partnerships

Ohio Sea Grant to announce 2018 Harmful Algal Bloom forecast for Lake Erie on July 12

Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory will host a media briefing to announce NOAA’s 2018 Harmful Algal Bloom forecast for Lake Erie on Thursday, July 12.
Sea Grant and partners work together to restore culturally important wild rice
Sea Grant and partners work together to restore culturally important wild rice

Sea Grant and partners work together to restore culturally...

Sea Grant and partners work together to restore culturally important wild rice

Partnerships

Sea Grant and partners work together to restore culturally important wild rice

Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin Sea Grant programs along with NOAA's Office for Coastal Management and many tribal and local partners are working together to increase community awareness about the cultural and ecological importance of native wild rice. 
A little water could make a big difference for endangered salmon
A little water could make a big difference for endangered salmon

A little water could make a big difference for endangered...

A little water could make a big difference for endangered salmon

Partnerships

A little water could make a big difference for endangered salmon

Even small amounts of running water—less than a gallon per second—could mean the difference between life or death for juvenile coho salmon in coastal California streams, according to a new study published in the journal Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.
Maryland Sea Grant and partners discuss aquaculture, diversity in marine sciences with NOAA Administrator
Maryland Sea Grant and partners discuss aquaculture, diversity in marine sciences with NOAA Administrator

Maryland Sea Grant and partners discuss aquaculture,...

Maryland Sea Grant and partners discuss aquaculture, diversity in marine sciences with NOAA Administrator

Partnerships

Maryland Sea Grant and partners discuss aquaculture, diversity in marine sciences with NOAA Administrator

Acting NOAA Administrator RDML Timothy Gallaudet visited Maryland Sea Grant and IMET in May 2018 for a discussion focused on aquaculture research and how the partners are advancing diversity in the marine sciences. 
Sea Grant shares lessons learned from coastal storms to help communities
Sea Grant shares lessons learned from coastal storms to help communities

Sea Grant shares lessons learned from coastal storms to help...

Sea Grant shares lessons learned from coastal storms to help communities

Partnerships

Sea Grant shares lessons learned from coastal storms to help communities

Sea Grant works with coastal communities across the U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam to improve community resilience to coastal storms. Sea Grant engages in vulnerability assessments, resilience planning and social science initiatives to learn from previous storms and better prepare for future storms.
Lake Champlain Sea Grant Achieves Sea Grant Institute Status
Lake Champlain Sea Grant Achieves Sea Grant Institute Status

Lake Champlain Sea Grant Achieves Sea Grant Institute Status

Lake Champlain Sea Grant Achieves Sea Grant Institute Status

People

Lake Champlain Sea Grant Achieves Sea Grant Institute Status

Lake Champlain Sea Grant earned the honor as an Institutional Program for demonstrating excellence in research, education and public service dedicated to the environmentally responsible management and development in the Nation’s marine, coastal and Great Lakes resources. As a Sea Grant...
Washington Sea Grant Director Penny Dalton Retires After 12 Years of Service
Washington Sea Grant Director Penny Dalton Retires After 12 Years of Service

Washington Sea Grant Director Penny Dalton Retires After 12...

Washington Sea Grant Director Penny Dalton Retires After 12 Years of Service

People

Washington Sea Grant Director Penny Dalton Retires After 12 Years of Service

With an extensive background in a wide range of environmental, scientific and marine policy issues, Penny Dalton has served as Washington Sea Grant’s director since 2005.
Florida Sea Grant Helped Save Keys Lobster Industry Nearly $4 Million After Hurricane Irma
Florida Sea Grant Helped Save Keys Lobster Industry Nearly $4 Million After Hurricane Irma

Florida Sea Grant Helped Save Keys Lobster Industry Nearly...

Florida Sea Grant Helped Save Keys Lobster Industry Nearly $4 Million After Hurricane Irma

Partnerships

Florida Sea Grant Helped Save Keys Lobster Industry Nearly $4 Million After Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma displaced more than 150,000 spiny lobster traps in the Florida Keys last year, sometimes miles away from their original locations. But a novel eyes-in-the-sky solution developed with support from Florida Sea Grant has saved the industry nearly $4 million.
North Carolina Sea Grant Extension Director Honored
North Carolina Sea Grant Extension Director Honored

North Carolina Sea Grant Extension Director Honored

North Carolina Sea Grant Extension Director Honored

People

North Carolina Sea Grant Extension Director Honored

When the national Sea Grant office asks the network of 33 programs for examples of outstanding community outreach and collaboration, one name is often suggested: North Carolina Sea Grant's Jack Thigpen.
Plastic Microfibers Found in the Food Web of Three Lake Michigan Rivers
Plastic Microfibers Found in the Food Web of Three Lake Michigan Rivers

Plastic Microfibers Found in the Food Web of Three Lake...

Plastic Microfibers Found in the Food Web of Three Lake Michigan Rivers

Indiana

Plastic Microfibers Found in the Food Web of Three Lake Michigan Rivers

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant-funded research finds plastic microfibers in the water, sediment and fish of three major rivers that flow into Lake Michigan.
Ocean Acidification Research Fellowship available to students in Mid-Atlantic
Ocean Acidification Research Fellowship available to students in Mid-Atlantic

Ocean Acidification Research Fellowship available to...

Ocean Acidification Research Fellowship available to students in Mid-Atlantic

Funding

Ocean Acidification Research Fellowship available to students in Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant Programs (MASGP), in partnership with the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP), are pleased to announce the availability of Ocean Acidification (OA) Graduate Research Fellowships for the two-year period covering the 2018 and 2019 academic years.
Getting Students Hooked on Science
Getting Students Hooked on Science

Getting Students Hooked on Science

Getting Students Hooked on Science

Partnerships

Getting Students Hooked on Science

Maryland Sea Grant is working to increase environmental literacy by partnering with teachers to bring aquaculture into the classroom.
USC Sea Grant publishes lessons learned from community engagement efforts
USC Sea Grant publishes lessons learned from community engagement efforts

USC Sea Grant publishes lessons learned from community...

USC Sea Grant publishes lessons learned from community engagement efforts

USC

USC Sea Grant publishes lessons learned from community engagement efforts

USC Sea Grant has worked with communities in southern California for over six years on climate adaptation planning. They analyzed their efforts and published the analysis in the Cities and the Environment Journal.
Gathering builds bridges between kelp farmers, federal and state regulators in Connecticut
Gathering builds bridges between kelp farmers, federal and state regulators in Connecticut

Gathering builds bridges between kelp farmers, federal and...

Gathering builds bridges between kelp farmers, federal and state regulators in Connecticut

Connecticut

Gathering builds bridges between kelp farmers, federal and state regulators in Connecticut

Sea Grant Evaluation Shows National Weather Service Forecast is Assisting Farmers in Protecting Wisconsin Waters
Sea Grant Evaluation Shows National Weather Service Forecast is Assisting Farmers in Protecting Wisconsin Waters

Sea Grant Evaluation Shows National Weather Service Forecast...

Sea Grant Evaluation Shows National Weather Service Forecast is Assisting Farmers in Protecting Wisconsin Waters

Partnerships

Sea Grant Evaluation Shows National Weather Service Forecast is Assisting Farmers in Protecting Wisconsin Waters

Knowledge, Spread Wisely: Sea Grant Evaluation Shows National Weather Service Forecast is Assisting Farmers in Protecting Wisconsin Waters
Worms on Oysters Harvested from Reefs are a Natural Occurrence
Worms on Oysters Harvested from Reefs are a Natural Occurrence

Worms on Oysters Harvested from Reefs are a Natural...

Worms on Oysters Harvested from Reefs are a Natural Occurrence

Louisiana

Worms on Oysters Harvested from Reefs are a Natural Occurrence

“There’s a worm on my oyster!”  Louisiana Sea Grant explains why this happens and why it's not necessarily a bad thing.

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 this hot issue listed. 

Aquaculture

Ocean Acidification

Storm Preparedness

Coastal Tourism

 

Science Serving America's Coasts

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