SEA GRANT NEWS
Scientific and Resource Management Achievements from Our Program
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2024 class of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program. The 85 early-career professionals selected will be placed in federal government offices throughout Washington, D.C., and join the over 1,600 individuals who have participated in the program since its inception in 1979.
Sea Grant announces funding opportunities to support community-engaged marine debris removal and prevention
Sea Grant announces $19 million in federal funding opportunities to address the prevention and removal of marine debris. These opportunities are a component of nearly $3 billion in targeted investments for NOAA in the areas of habitat restoration, coastal resilience and weather forecasting infrastructure through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
Sea Grant Projects Address Research, Management, and Community Information Needs on Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Local Waters
Contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) are increasingly detected in surface water and groundwater, posing risks to the Nation’s drinking waters and aquatic life. Over the last three years, Sea Grant has been building its CEC-focused research portfolio and supporting projects that serve locally-derived information needs.
NOAA Sea Grant is pleased to announce the selection of 10 projects through two competitions aimed at bolstering workforce development efforts in both the wild-caught fisheries and aquaculture sectors.
NOAA’s Sea Grant and Disaster Preparedness Programs continue partnership, announce four new projects
For the second time, NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program and Office of Response and Restoration’s (OR&R) Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP) have partnered to competitively solicit and select projects to support innovative all-hazard preparedness, response, and recovery initiatives for coastal communities.
Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries are pleased to announce the 2023 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship recipients. Seven population and ecosystem dynamics fellowships and one marine resource economics fellowship will be awarded through this national program.
Sea Grant and U.S. Department of Energy Fund Projects Seeking to Advance Energy Transitions in Remote and Island U.S. Communities
NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Water Power Technologies Office, is supporting three projects in Alaska, Guam, and Hawaiʻi that will examine how adoption of ocean renewable energy could support sustainable energy systems.
Biden-Harris Administration announces $60 million funding opportunity to help create a Climate-Ready workforce as part of the Inflation Reduction Act
Today, the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) opened a competitive funding opportunity for the Climate Ready Workforce for Coastal States, Tribes, and Territories Initiative to connect people across the country to good-paying jobs, such as landscape technicians, heat health outreach specialists and climate equity officers, that tackle the climate crisis and boost local resilience. NOAA will invest $60 million total from the Inflation Reduction Act for the initiative — a $50 million competitive funding opportunity and $10 million for technical assistance to support applicants and grantees.
NOAA Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries Office of Aquaculture are pleased to announce the publication of an agency-wide Programmatic Environmental Assessment that analyzes the potential impacts on the natural and human environment from aquaculture research and development projects funded by federal financial assistance awards.
NOAA Sea Grant is pleased to announce $27 million in projects that will address the prevention and removal of debris in marine and Great Lakes environments throughout the U.S. Using Sea Grant’s partnered approach to bring science together with communities for solutions that work, the projects will support transformational research and the creation of local coalitions to address urgent marine debris prevention and removal needs.
A new web-based StoryMap highlights research being conducted by scientists into the reproduction of the American lobster. The scientific studies and the work to communicate about them are part of the American Lobster Initiative of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.
Adding farmed seafood to your plate is a great way to go green! This Earth Week, Al Roker and NBC’s Today show profiled aquaculture, or seafood farming, as part of their climate solution coverage.
Ambulance chaser. Ruthless. Heartless. Greedy. Lawyers tend to be seen as villains, but the daily work of most lawyers is a far cry from what we see on television. Today, on International Be Kind to Lawyers Day, we want to take a moment to recognize the work of one of the most unique programs in the Sea Grant Network – the National Sea Grant Law Center.
Those interested in monitoring shoreline change in their communities have a new resource to help them get started – a web-based inventory of citizen science efforts to track coastal change in the U.S. The site, Communities Tracking Coastal Change, was created by NOAA Climate Program Office’s Coastal Inundation Risk Team and Woods Hole Sea Grant.
Georgia Sea Grant secured funding from the Department of Defense and the National Sea Grant College Program to hire Michelle Covi as the country’s first Coastal Resilience DOD Liaison in 2021. For the last year, Covi has created a suite of reports and resources that are now being used by Sea Grant programs, military installations, and coastal resilience specialists across the region to inform collaborative resilience projects.
By: Carrie Clower. Each summer, North Carolina Sea Grant offers undergraduate students opportunities to join experts across the state to explore issues affecting local communities.
“As part of National Sea Grant’s Community-Engaged Internship program, they gain hands-on experience with coastal, marine, or Great Lakes issues of environmental, economic, and or social importance,” explains Jane Harrison, NC Sea Grant’s coastal economics specialist.
Through a joint competition with the U.S. Coastal Research Program (USCRP), ten new projects were selected for a total of $3.9 million in funding to translate research into application for communities. Additionally, Sea Grant programs across the nation received an additional total of $4.2 million in NOAA Sea Grant funds to increase local capacity, engagement, research, and implementation for addressing resilience challenges.
Contaminants of emerging concern, like pharmaceuticals, cleaning products and microfibers, pose risks to the Nation’s drinking waters and aquatic life, but they are often excluded from monitoring programs and published water quality standards. Two new projects recently funded by Sea Grant aim to enhance research and monitoring efforts for this class of chemicals and materials while strengthening strategies to reduce their presence in aquatic environments.
NOAA seeks public comments on Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Funding Aquaculture Projects
NOAA is developing a Programmatic Environmental Assessment to analyze the potential impacts on the natural and human environment from aquaculture research and development projects funded by federal financial assistance awards. A public comment period for the draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment is open now through December 18, 2022.
Sea Grant announces $1.2 million in support of Sea Grant’s American Lobster Research Program to continue addressing emergent needs and priorities associated with this important fishery. Pursuant to congressional direction, this year’s funded projects shift focus on operational needs, specifically related to gear technology implementation, research and adoption.
Four Connecticut cities have joined a pilot project to boost community participation in climate change planning. Community activities in Bridgeport, New Haven, New London and Norwich are being led by Connecticut Sea Grant with support from NOAA, and will focus on climate risk communication and planning for community resilience.
NOAA Sea Grant today announced approximately $14 million in federal funding across four strategic areas for improving U.S. aquaculture. The competitively selected projects will advance early stage propagation strategies for various aquaculture species, marine finfish juvenile production technologies, aquaculture collaboratives and establishment of an aquaculture information exchange.
Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries are pleased to announce the 2022 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship recipients. Seven population and ecosystem dynamics fellowships and one marine resource economics fellowship will be awarded through this national program. Since 1999, the NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship program has trained the next generation of specialized experts in fisheries management.
NOAA and Sea Grant are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2023 class of the Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program. The 2023 class represents the largest in recent years with 86 finalists. The 2023 finalists describe themselves in a map of the universities that they hail from, celebrating their different paths to the fellowship.
NOAA and Sea Grant are pleased to announce that Guam Sea Grant has achieved status as a Sea Grant Institutional Program, a designation of growth from the program’s previous Coherent Area Program status. As an Institutional Program, Guam Sea Grant will be able to increase its contributions to the national Sea Grant network and enhance the practical use and conservation of Guam’s marine and coastal resources.
NOAA’s Sea Grant and Disaster Preparedness Programs help address disaster impacts and recovery with three new projects
Hurricanes. Flood events. Oil spills. When disaster strikes, communities come together to respond. NOAA Sea Grant and NOAA’s Disaster Preparedness Program are partnering to help communities respond to and recover from these occurrences through three projects that strengthen local preparedness measures.
Community planners and decision makers now have an application guide to help them plan for the significant sea level rise the United States is expected to see in the next 30 years. The guide is a response to the 2022 Interagency Sea Level Rise report, which projected about a foot of higher waters, on average, along U.S. coastlines by 2050.
Louisiana Sea Grant Co-hosts Turtle Excluder Devices Compliance Workshops, Saved Commercial Fishermen $120,000 in Potential Fines
Gary Graham shows shrimp fisherman how to inspect the TED on his trawl net. Photo credit: Texas Sea Grant Turtle excluder devices (TEDs) are required
Sea Grant, DOE, NOAA Fisheries fund six projects for the coexistence of offshore energy with Northeast fishing and coastal communities
The Northeast Sea Grant Consortium—in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office and Water Power Technologies Office, and NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center—today announced six projects to advance social science and technology research on offshore renewable energy in the Northeast United States. This funding opportunity, which awarded over $1.1 million in federal funds, seeks to catalyze research for the coexistence of marine energy—including wind, current, tidal, and wave energies—with Northeast fishing and coastal communities.
Sea Grant programs produce videos covering a wide variety of topics. Check out our videos page for featured educational series (such as 15-second science), clips sharing Sea Grant work, and short stories of people who live along coasts or make a living on the water.
The Our New Age of Water series takes a hard and hopeful look at topics related to the present and future use of water. The intent is that each installment of Our New Age of Water will advance ideas about water-related research and innovative technologies.
Sea Grant and its programs support students of all ages on their educational journey. Check out our student blogs to learn what Sea Grant Scholars are doing in the science, policy, education and art spaces and explore our alumni blogs to see where our students end up!
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2023 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Opportunities
NOAA Seeks Public Comments on Aquaculture Programmatic Environmental Assessment
2024 Knauss Fellowship Opportunity
Sea Grant Announces 2022 American Lobster Research Program Projects
Young Fishermen’s Career Development Projects Funding Opportunity
Announcing 2022 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellows
Announcing 2023 Knauss Finalists
Guam Sea Grant Achieves Institutional Status
Marine Debris Funding Opportunities
Translating Coastal Research into Application Funding Opportunity
American Lobster Research Program Funding Opportunity 2022
Sea Grant Seeks Input on 2024-27 Strategic Plan
Sea Grant Announces 2021 American Lobster Initiative Efforts
2022 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Opportunities
Aquaculture 2022 Request for Proposals
2023 Knauss Fellowship Opportunity
Announcing new Sea Grant Liaisons
Announcing 2021 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellows
Announcing 2022 Knauss Finalists
American Lobster Research Program Funding Opportunity 2021
Sea Grant Awards 4.7M for U.S. Aquaculture
2021 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Opportunities
2022 Knauss Fellowship Opportunity
Shellfish Aquaculture Funding Opportunity
Sea Grant Awards 2M for Lobster Initiative
Announcing 2020 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellows
Announcing 2021 Knauss Finalists
National Federal Partnership Liaisons Funding Opportunity
Aquaculture Economics Funding Opportunity
American Lobster Research Program Funding Opportunity
2020 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Opportunities
Sea Grant Law Center Becomes Coherent Area Program
Sea Grant Awards 2M for HMS Research
Sea Grant Awards 2M for Lobster Initiative
Sea Grant Awards 16M for U.S. Aquaculture
Announcing 2020 Knauss Finalists
Announcing NMFS-Sea Grant Fellows
Special Session at CHOW Increasing Diversity of Marine Science Workforce
Highly Migratory Species Research Funding Opportunity
Aquaculture Funding Opportunities
Research Funding for American Lobster
2020 Knaus Fellowship Announcement December 2018
2018 Aquaculture Research Funded Projects October 2018
2019 Knauss Finalists June 2018
Lake Champlain Sea Grant Institutional Status May 2018
RFP: Undergraduate Workshop, Fisheries Population Dynamics March 2018
2018 Aquaculture Research Funding Opportunity December 2017
Connecticut Sea Grant On-the-Water Workshops
QUEST Education in the Pacific
Washington Sea Grant Knauss Fellow embarks on adventure
Alaska Sea Grant: Adapting in Alaska December 2018
USC Sea Grant: Aquaculture Week October 2018
Hawai’i Sea Grant: Preparedness in Paradise September 2018
Virginia Sea Grant: Building the Neighborhood of the Future August 2018
Oregon Sea Grant: Set Sail with Sea Grant
Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant: Peer-to-Pier Learning
Georgia Sea Grant: Ocean to Table
California Sea Grant: Follow the Fish
Louisiana Sea Grant: Land Lost
Connecticut Sea Grant: Safety First
Texas Sea Grant: After the Storm
Puerto Rico Sea Grant: Coastal Barriers at Risk
New York Sea Grant: Weathering the Storm