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National Sea Grant Advisory Board

The National Sea Grant Advisory Board is the National Sea Grant College Program's Federal Advisory Committee (FAC). The Board advises NOAA and the National Sea Grant College Program on strategies to address the Nation's highest priorities in terms of the understanding, assessment, development, management utilization and conservation of ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources.



Past and current members of the National Sea Grant Advisory Board, including Dr. Amber Mace, Dr. Carole Engle, Dr. Brian Helmuth and Dr. Paulinus Chigbu, at the Spring 2020 meeting in Washington, D.C. Photo credit: Hallee Meltzer, National Sea Grant Office


Jonathan Pennock, Director, National Sea Grant College Program
Susan White, Sea Grant Association President and North Carolina Sea Grant Program Director


Susan Holmes, National Sea Grant Advisory Board Designated Federal Officer


Spring Meeting 2023 (Washington, DC) - Coming soon

September 11-12, 2022 (Cleveland, OH) - Agenda, Meeting Notes (pending)
June 8, 2022 (virtual) - Agenda, Meeting Notes
March 7 & 10, 2022 (virtual) - AgendaMeeting Notes
January 6, 2022 (virtual) - AgendaMeeting Notes
November 4-5, 2021 (virtual) - Agenda, Meeting Notes
July 12, 2021 (Virtual) - AgendaMeeting Notes
April 13-15, 2021 (Virtual) - Agenda, Meeting Notes
November 13, 2020 (Virtual) - AgendaMeeting Notes
June 23, 2020 (Virtual) - AgendaMeeting Notes
March 9-10, 2020 (Washington, DC) - Agenda, Meeting Notes
November 11-12, 2019 (San Juan, PR) - AgendaMeeting Notes
June 18, 2019 (Silver Spring, MD) - AgendaMeeting Notes
March 5-6, 2019 (cancelled)
December 10, 2018 (Virtual) - Agenda, Meeting notes
May 14, 2018 (Virtual) - Agenda, Meeting Notes
March 6-7, 2018 (Washington, DC) - Agenda, Meeting Notes
October 16-17, 2017 (Savannah, GA) - Agenda, Meeting Notes
March 6-7, 2017 (Washington, DC) - Agenda; Meeting Notes 
October 9-10, 2016 (Newport, RI) - Agenda; Meeting Notes
August 12, 2016 (Virtual) - Agenda; Meeting Notes
March 7-8, 2016 (Washington, DC) - Agenda; Meeting Notes
November 3-4, 2015 (Honolulu, HI) - Agenda; Meeting Notes
March 2-3, 2015 (Washington, DC) - Agenda; Meeting Notes
September 7-8, 2014 (Clearwater Beach, FL) - Agenda; Meeting Notes
August 18, 2014 (Virtual) - Agenda; Meeting Notes
February 27-28, 2014 (Virtual) - Agenda; Meeting Notes
September 23-24, 2013 (Gibralter Island, OH) - Agenda; Meeting Notes
March 4-5, 2013 (Washington, DC) - Meeting Notes
September 16-17, 2012 (Girdwood, AK) - Meeting Notes
August 6, 2012 (Virtual) - Meeting Notes
March 5-6, 2012 (Washington, DC) - Meeting Notes
September 28-29, 2011 (Narraganset, RI) - Meeting Notes
February 8-9, 2011 (Washington, DC) - Meeting Notes
October 16-17, 2010 ( New Orleans, LA) - Meeting Notes
March 9-10, 2010 (Washington, DC) - Meeting Notes
August 26-28, 2009 (Seattle WA) - Meeting Notes
February 11-12, 2009 (Washington, DC) - Meeting Notes
November 11-13, 2008 (Virtual) - Meeting Notes
July 15, 2008 (Virtual) - Meeting Notes
April 29, 2008 (Virtual) - Meeting Notes
March 5-6, 2008 (Virtual) - Meeting Notes
November 14, 2007 (Virtual) - Meeting Notes
September 29-30, 2007 (Virtual) - Meeting Notes
August 27, 2007 - Meeting Notes
July 16, 2007 (Virtual) - Meeting Notes
February 21-22, 2007 (Washington, DC) - Meeting Notes
August 30, 2006 (Virtual) - Meeting Notes
March 6-7, 2006 (Washington, DC) - Meeting Notes
November 15-16, 2005 (Washington, DC) - Meeting Notes
June 5, 2005 (Virtual) - Meeting Notes
November 16-17, 2004 (Washington, DC) - Meeting Notes
April 6-7, 2004 (Silver Spring, MD) - Meeting Notes
November 12-13, 2003 (Washington, DC) - Meeting Notes
April 26 & 30, 2003 (Galveston, TX) - Meeting Notes


Board Reports

40% Competitive Research and Education Policy for Base Funding Report
The State of Sea Grant - Interim Report to Congress (pending)

The State of Sea Grant: 2020 Biennial Report
Information Services and Publication Review Committee Report
Independent Review Panel Report

Site Review Fairness and Equity Report
Site Review Process Report

The State of Sea Grant - Biennial Report to Congress 2018

The State of Sea Grant - Biennial Report to Congress 2016
PIE II Assessment Committee Final Report
NOAA Sea Grant Liaison Program Review

The State of Sea Grant - Biennial Report to Congress 2014

Allocation Committee Recommendations
FY12 vs FY14 Distribution
PIE Assessment Committee Report

The State of Sea Grant - Biennial Report to Congress 2012
2012 Program Impacts

Allocations Committee Recommendations
Allocations Committee Report

The State of Sea Grant - Biennial Report to Congress 2010
2010 Program Impacts

Sea Grant Research
Communications and Engagement
Futures Committee Report

Fisheries Extension Enhancement Initiative (FEE) Report
Administrative Review Committee: Staffing the NSGO
Oral Testimony on Sea Grant Reauthorization
Written Testimony on Sea Grant Reauthorization

Report of National Research Council Review Subcommittee
A Comprehensive Program Evaluation (COPE) Model for the National Sea Grant College Program

National Sea Grant Law Center - Topical Advisory Team Report
Coastal Community Development Program Review

Report of the Sea Grant Review Panel's Program Evaluation Committee

Implementing the Mandate to Engage Coastal Users: Opportunities for National Sea Grant Outreach

Building Sea Grant: The Role of the NSGO (Duce Report)

A Mandate to Engage Coastal Users (Byrne Report)

Become a Member

The National Sea Grant College Program is required by law to solicit nominations at least once a year for membership on the National Sea Grant Advisory Board. Nominations and applications for membership to the Advisory Board should be sent to Susan Holmes via email: A resume, or curriculum vitae, is required for all applications. A cover letter highlighting specific areas of expertise relevant to the Advisory Board is helpful, but not required. Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis.

Our current needs include expertise in federal, state and/or local government, fisheries management, water resource management, social and behavioral sciences, climate, weather and/or meteorology, engineering, and risk management. We are also looking for regional expertise in the insular Pacific and U.S. Caribbean and continue to have a gap in private sector representation.    

While nominations are always accepted, to be considered for current openings, please submit your nomination no later than January 31, 2023.  



NOAA is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals selected for Federal Advisory Committee Membership become a Special Government Employee (SGE) of the United States Government. According to 18 U.S.C. 202(a), an SGE(s) is an officer or employee of an agency who is retained, designated, appointed, or employed to perform temporary duties, with or without compensation, not to exceed 130 days during any period of 365 consecutive days, either on a full time or intermittent basis. Please be aware that after the selection process is complete applicants selected to serve on the Board must complete the following actions before they can be appointed as a Board member: (a) Security Clearance (on-line Background Security Check process and fingerprinting conducted through NOAA Workforce Management), and (b) Confidential Financial Disclosure Report—As an SGE, you are required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report annually to avoid involvement in a real or apparent conflict of interest.

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