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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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In Puerto Rico, investing in lifeguards keeps beaches safe and sustains coastal tourism
In Puerto Rico, investing in lifeguards keeps beaches safe and sustains coastal tourism

In Puerto Rico, investing in lifeguards keeps beaches safe...

In Puerto Rico, investing in lifeguards keeps beaches safe and sustains coastal tourism

Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico, investing in lifeguards keeps beaches safe and sustains coastal tourism

Since the 1960s, surfers from the United States have been going to Rincón, Puerto Rico to catch the best waves of the winter season. The trend has been so consistent that the town has slowly built its economy along its approximate eight miles of beautiful coastline, now famous with tourists. Yet, as the surfing community continues to swell, the beaches...

Kids are educating parents on climate change...and parents are listening
Kids are educating parents on climate change...and parents are listening

Kids are educating parents on climate change...and parents...

Kids are educating parents on climate change...and parents are listening

North Carolina

Kids are educating parents on climate change...and parents are listening

A new study from North Carolina State University shows that educating children about climate change affects parents as well. A pre- and post-survey showed that parents of children who had climate change curriculum were more concerned about climate . 

Hurricane Preparedness: Building Resilient Homes, Plans, and Effective Warning Systems
Hurricane Preparedness: Building Resilient Homes, Plans, and Effective Warning Systems

Hurricane Preparedness: Building Resilient Homes, Plans, and...

Hurricane Preparedness: Building Resilient Homes, Plans, and Effective Warning Systems

Partnerships

Hurricane Preparedness: Building Resilient Homes, Plans, and Effective Warning Systems

How do people prepare for hurricanes before the season begins? When a hurricane is looming, how do people receive warning, decide to take action, and prepare for the storm? As part of the National Weather Service’s Hurricane Preparedness Week, Sea Grant programs have been highlighting their...

Sea Grant Announces Funding Opportunity for Highly Migratory Species Research
Sea Grant Announces Funding Opportunity for Highly Migratory Species Research

Sea Grant Announces Funding Opportunity for Highly Migratory...

Sea Grant Announces Funding Opportunity for Highly Migratory Species Research

Funding

Sea Grant Announces Funding Opportunity for Highly Migratory Species Research

Sea Grant is announcing a Federal Funding Opportunity focused on research of HMS species, including the interactions between yellow-fin tuna and oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, to address critical gaps in knowledge about HMS in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean regions. Letters of intent are due May 15, 2019, and full proposals are due June 19, 2019. 

Looking to the Past to Understand Future Tsunami Threats
Looking to the Past to Understand Future Tsunami Threats

Looking to the Past to Understand Future Tsunami Threats

Looking to the Past to Understand Future Tsunami Threats

Climate and Hazard Adaptation

Looking to the Past to Understand Future Tsunami Threats

Scientist Carrie Garrison-Laney, a coastal hazards specialist for Washington Sea Grant and liason to the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, pieces together stories of past tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest. Understanding the destruction caused by past tsunamis can prepare vulnerable coastal communities for future events. 

Sea Grant Report on Barriers to Shellfish Aquaculture in the U.S.
Sea Grant Report on Barriers to Shellfish Aquaculture in the U.S.

Sea Grant Report on Barriers to Shellfish Aquaculture in the...

Sea Grant Report on Barriers to Shellfish Aquaculture in the U.S.

Law Center

Sea Grant Report on Barriers to Shellfish Aquaculture in the U.S.

A Sea Grant team of legal and aquaculture experts has released a report detailing eight case studies that identify challenges to the shellfish aquaculture industry in the United States. The project was funded through Sea Grant's 2017 national investment in aquaculture. 

Sea Grant Fellow Publishes Research on Impacts of Temperature Change on Global Fisheries
Sea Grant Fellow Publishes Research on Impacts of Temperature Change on Global Fisheries

Sea Grant Fellow Publishes Research on Impacts of...

Sea Grant Fellow Publishes Research on Impacts of Temperature Change on Global Fisheries

Sea Grant/NMFS Fellowship

Sea Grant Fellow Publishes Research on Impacts of Temperature Change on Global Fisheries

NMFS-Sea Grant Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Chris Free and colleagues published a study in the March 2019 edition of Science that "used historical ocean temperature and fisheries data to determine how ocean warming affects the amount of fish that can be harvested sustainably from wild-populations." Free’s dissertation adviser,...

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

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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 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

Storm Preparedness

Coastal Tourism

 

Science Serving America's Coasts

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