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10 Ways to Enjoy Oysters in Celebration of National Oyster Day
10 Ways to Enjoy Oysters in Celebration of National Oyster Day

10 Ways to Enjoy Oysters in Celebration of National Oyster...

10 Ways to Enjoy Oysters in Celebration of National Oyster Day

Oyster Restoration

10 Ways to Enjoy Oysters in Celebration of National Oyster Day

Oysters play an important role in coastal communities. Celebrate the small but mighty oyster this National Oyster Day, Sea Grant-style, with one or more of these ways.

Pathways to marine policy: Knauss Fellows build on past experiences with NOAA
Pathways to marine policy: Knauss Fellows build on past experiences with NOAA

Pathways to marine policy: Knauss Fellows build on past...

Pathways to marine policy: Knauss Fellows build on past experiences with NOAA

Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship

Pathways to marine policy: Knauss Fellows build on past experiences with NOAA

In February 2021, the 42nd class of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship will begin fellowships across NOAA and other federal agencies to make their mark on national ocean and coastal policy and administration. While the experiences and backgrounds of each class are quite diverse, many selected fellows build on educational experiences offered by NOAA earlier in their careers.

Sea Grant Announces 2021 Finalists for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program
Sea Grant Announces 2021 Finalists for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program

Sea Grant Announces 2021 Finalists for the John A. Knauss...

Sea Grant Announces 2021 Finalists for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program

Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship

Sea Grant Announces 2021 Finalists for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program

The 74 finalists in the 2021 class represent 27 of the 34 Sea Grant programs. This year’s class includes early career professionals who have diverse backgrounds and experiences. Since 1979, over 1,400 fellows have completed the program, becoming leaders in science, policy, and public administration roles.

New research from Michigan Sea Grant finds climate warming increases Asian carp threat to Lake Michigan by offsetting quagga mussel ‘ecological barrier’
New research from Michigan Sea Grant finds climate warming increases Asian carp threat to Lake Michigan by offsetting quagga mussel ‘ecological barrier’

New research from Michigan Sea Grant finds climate warming...

New research from Michigan Sea Grant finds climate warming increases Asian carp threat to Lake Michigan by offsetting quagga mussel ‘ecological barrier’

Michigan

New research from Michigan Sea Grant finds climate warming increases Asian carp threat to Lake Michigan by offsetting quagga mussel ‘ecological barrier’

The ongoing warming of Lake Michigan increases its susceptibility to Asian carp, in part by reducing the capacity of quagga mussels to act as an ecological barrier against the voracious algae-eating fish, according to a new study supported by Michigan Sea Grant.

12 weeks, thousands of kids: How NOAA Live! connected students to science at home
12 weeks, thousands of kids: How NOAA Live! connected students to science at home

12 weeks, thousands of kids: How NOAA Live! connected...

12 weeks, thousands of kids: How NOAA Live! connected students to science at home

Woods Hole

12 weeks, thousands of kids: How NOAA Live! connected students to science at home

When Nicole Bartlett with NOAA’s Regional Collaboration network reached out to Grace Simpkins, an educator with Woods Hole Sea Grant, to ask about offering a webinar for students during the stay-at-home orders, Grace initially wanted to keep things simple. “Maybe [we can offer] one webinar,” she thought. “Okay, maybe three...” Twelve weeks and 35 webinars later, the NOAA Live! 4 Kids series had reached 4,900 live participants, providing opportunities for kids across the country and around the world to interact with scientists and learn about careers at NOAA.

Ten Weeks for a Formative Experience: Wisconsin Sea Grant offers adapted summer undergraduate internships
Ten Weeks for a Formative Experience: Wisconsin Sea Grant offers adapted summer undergraduate internships

Ten Weeks for a Formative Experience: Wisconsin Sea Grant...

Ten Weeks for a Formative Experience: Wisconsin Sea Grant offers adapted summer undergraduate internships

Wisconsin

Ten Weeks for a Formative Experience: Wisconsin Sea Grant offers adapted summer undergraduate internships

Ten weeks can be fleeting. Even though the days may pass quickly, they can be momentous ones. At Wisconsin Sea Grant this summer, the hope is that for eight undergraduates 70 days will be formative. The eight students are participating in an inaugural internship program targeted toward underserved and indigenous communities, rich in mentoring and, in three of the five opportunities, focused on tribal issues.  

Seafood direct marketing: Sea Grant experts contribute to UN report
Seafood direct marketing: Sea Grant experts contribute to UN report

Seafood direct marketing: Sea Grant experts contribute to UN...

Seafood direct marketing: Sea Grant experts contribute to UN report

California

Seafood direct marketing: Sea Grant experts contribute to UN report

In a new report published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), California Sea Grant and Alaska Sea Grant contributed a case study to highlight the approach Sea Grant extension personnel take in working with fishing communities and the seafood direct marketing information products they have created since the mid 1990s.

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.

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

Oyster Restoration

Storm Preparedness

Coastal Tourism

Blue Carbon

  

Science Serving America's Coasts

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