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The United States manages millions of square miles of coastal ecosystems that support a variety of recreational, commercial and subsistence activities. Sea Grant helps residents, natural resource managers and businesses protect and restore healthy coastal habitats for continued ecosystem and public well-being.

 

Wisconsin Sea Grant advises dredged material storage in the Duluth-Superior Port. Credit: John Karl

 

 

SEA GRANT WORK IN HEALTHY COASTAL ECOSYSTEMS RESULTED IN*

268

ECOSYSTEM-BASED MANAGEMENT (EBM) TOOLS DEVELOPED

3993

RESOURCE MANAGERS USED EBM APPROACHES

1825793

ACRES OF HABITAT PROTECTED OR RESTORED

171

CLEAN MARINA CERTIFICATIONS

*Metrics reported in Summer 2020 for work conducted February 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020. EBM = Ecosystem-based management of land, water and living resources as a result of Sea Grant activities.

Healthy Coastal Ecosystem Featured Impacts

Meet Sea Grant Experts Working for Healthy Coastal Ecosystems


Jenny Hofmeister, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography - To keep endangered white abalone alive, California Sea Grant-funded researcher Jenny Hofmeister studies the ecology and behavior of southern California octopuses to address how we can outsmart the octopus—abalone’s most voracious predators in deep water.


"Predation is natural, but in order to successfully restore white abalone, we need to give them a head start."

Michael Wetz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Marine Biology, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi - Michael's Texas Sea Grant-funded research focuses on the health of Baffin Bay, an impaired estuary in South Texas that experiences persistent harmful algal blooms and hypoxia. He integrates citizen science with experiments to identify key influences on water quality, information that is used to develop mitigation strategies.


"The community support for our research has been incredible. For nearly six years, we've worked hand-in-hand with community members. This support gives me hope that we can solve the challenges facing Baffin Bay."

Jessica Brown

Stormwater Specialist, Georgia Sea Grant - As lead of the Georgia Sea Grant Stormwater Program, Jessica works with coastal communities and decision makers to implement cutting-edge management strategies that treat polluted runoff and reduce flooding.


"Providing communities with the tools and knowledge needed to invest green stormwater infrastructure solutions will result in benefits to ecosystems, water resources, public health, and quality of life. We find solutions to the pollution.”

Healthy Coastal Ecosystem Stories and News

North Carolina Sea Grant Study Finds Spreading Ghost Forests on NC Coast may Contribute to Climate Change

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North Carolina Sea Grant Study Finds Spreading Ghost Forests on NC Coast may Contribute to Climate Change

A new study, funded in part by North Carolina Sea Grant, has found the spread of ghost forests across a coastal region of North Carolina may have implications for global warming. Ghost forests are areas where rising seas have killed off freshwater-dependent trees, leaving dead or dying white snags standing in marsh.

Connect virtually with Sea Grant at Restore America’s Estuaries’/Coastal States Organization’s 2020 Summit

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Connect virtually with Sea Grant at Restore America’s Estuaries’/Coastal States Organization’s 2020 Summit

Network with Sea Grant colleagues and learn the latest in coastal restoration and management during Restore America’s Estuaries’/Coastal States Organization’s National Coastal & Estuarine Summit, held virtually September 29 – October 1, 2020.

California Sea Grant-funded research finds warmer waters threaten red abalone recovery

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California Sea Grant-funded research finds warmer waters threaten red abalone recovery

While red abalone were once abundant throughout California, they have long been in decline due to overfishing and environmental changes. California Sea Grant-funded researchers identified conditions that promote consistent recruitment, but also found that prolonged heat stress can cause red abalone recruitment to fail, in a new study published in the Journal of Shellfish Research last month.

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

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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.

Eight Sea Grant Programs Awarded Funds from Sea Grant-Marine Debris Special Projects Competition

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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.

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