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Sea Grant is a Federal-University partnership program that brings science together with communities for solutions that work.

The National Sea Grant College program was established by the U.S. Congress in 1966 and works to create and maintain a healthy coastal environment and economy. The Sea Grant network consists of a federal/university partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and 34 university-based programs in every coastal and Great Lakes state, Puerto Rico, and Guam. The network draws on the expertise of more than 3,000 scientists, engineers, public outreach experts, educators and students to help citizens better understand, conserve and utilize America's coastal resources.

National Sea Grant Briefing Package Winter 2022 (PDF download)

Sea Grant by the Numbers

Sea Grant by the Numbers 2021 (PDF download)
Sea Grant by the Numbers 2020 (PDF download)
Sea Grant by the Numbers 2019 (PDF download)
Sea Grant by the Numbers 2018 (PDF download)
Sea Grant by the Numbers 2017 (PDF download)
Sea Grant by the Numbers 2016 (PDF download)
Sea Grant by the Numbers 2015 (PDF download)

Regional Initiatives

Sea Grant recognizes the value in identifying and prioritizing needs on a regional level as a cornerstone of sound ocean, coastal and Great Lakes ecosystem management. Sea Grant continues to solidify its regional partnerships with each of the eight NOAA regions, bringing together academic institutions, federal, state and local government agencies, and non‐governmental organizations to address regional issues.

Region Regional Contact Sea Grant Program Address Phone #
Alaska Ginny Eckert Alaska Sea Grant 17101 Point Lena Loop Road, Room 203, Juneau, AK 99801 907.796.5450
Caribbean Ruperto Chaparro Serrano University of Puerto Rico Sea Grant PO Box 9011, Mayaguez, PR 00681 787.832.3585
Great Lakes Jim Hurley Wisconsin Sea Grant 1975 Willow Drive, 2nd Floor Madison, WI 53706-1177 608.262.0905
Great Lakes Chris Winslow Ohio Sea Grant 1314 Kinnear Rd. Area 100, Columbus, OH 43212 614.292.8949
Gulf of Mexico Stephen Sempier Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium 703 East Beach Drive, Ocean Springs, MS 39564 228.818.8830
Insular Pacific Darren Okimoto University of Hawai`i Sea Grant 2525 Correa Road, HIG 238, Honolulu, HI 96822 808.956.7031
Mid-Atlantic  Peter Rowe  New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium 22 Magruder Road  Fort Hancock, NJ 07732  732.872.1300
Northeast Dennis Nixon Rhode Island Sea Grant Coastal Institute 221 and the Ocean Technology Center, Graduate School of Oceanography 401.874.6802
South Atlantic Christine Laporte Georgia Coastal Research Council Marine Sciences Bldg., University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602 706.542.1283
Subtropical and Tropical Islands Ruperto Chapparo Serrano, Darren Lerner Puerto Rico Sea Grant, Hawaii Sea Grant Call Box 9000
Mayaguez, PR 00681 
West Coast Dave Hansen Oregon Sea Grant 1600 SW Western Blvd, Suite 350, Corvallis, OR 97333 541.737.4440


Strategic Plan

Every four years, the National Sea Grant College Program taps into its vast network of scientists, engagement professionals, stakeholders, and federal partners to identify and address the needs of coastal communities around the country. A strategic plan is developed by representatives from the Sea Grant Network to produce high quality science and inform management of coastal resources in ways that balance human use with environmental health. The strategic planning process identifies core values and focus areas that drive efforts to address the priorities established by coastal communities.

2018 - 2023 National Strategic Plan, updated November 2020 (pdf)

2014-2017 National Strategic Plan (pdf)


Sea Grant Leadership








The idea of a Sea Grant College Program was originally suggested by oceanographer, inventor and writer, Dr. Athelstan Spilhaus at the 93rd meeting of the American Fisheries Society in 1963. Interest in the Sea Grant concept grew after the release of an editorial written by Spilhaus that appeared in a 1964 issue of Science: " I have suggested the establishment of ‘sea-grant colleges' in existing universities that wish to develop oceanic work...These would be modernized parallels of the great developments in agriculture and the mechanic arts which were occasioned by the Land-Grant Act of about a hundred years ago...Establishment of the land-grant colleges was one of the best investments this nation ever made. That same kind of imagination and foresight should be applied to exploitation of the sea."

In 1965, Senator Claiborne Pell of Rhode Island introduced legislation to establish Sea Grant colleges on campuses nationwide as centers of excellence in marine and coastal studies. With the adoption in 1966 of the National Sea Grant College Act, Congress established an academic/industry/government partnership that would advance the nation's education, economy, and environment into the 21st century.

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