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Sea Grant Extension


Sea Grant provides a workforce of over 500 on‐the‐ground extension agents who reside in many of the communities they serve. As trusted experts who are considered honest brokers of information (non-advocacy), extension agents provide reliable technical and science‐based information to residents to address local needs while also transferring research priorities back to their universities.

Extension agents also work closely with Sea Grant communicators and educators, connecting university resources and expertise with local communities and user groups. An agent might develop new information through original applied research, gather existing information for user needs, transmit information and skills through pamphlets, courses, workshops, lectures and meetings; provide technical reviews of research and policies; and stimulate new research to meet perceived needs. In short, these specialists take complex information and show people how to use it to solve problems. Extension agents are focused on specific topics such as improving fisheries management, seafood safety, fishing gear enhancement, developing sustainable aquaculture, decreasing water pollution, restoring habitat and other topics that advance the safety and productivity of coastal‐related commerce.

 

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EXTENSION

PROFESSIONALS

366108

VOLUNTEER 

HOURS

300

COMMUNITIES 

IMPROVE 

HAZARD RESILIENCE

430000

INDIVIDUALS REACHED

THROUGH 

WORKSHOPS

Metrics reported July 2017 for work completed February 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017.


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Sea Grant and partners work together to restore culturally important wild rice

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Sea Grant and partners work together to restore culturally important wild rice

Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin Sea Grant programs along with NOAA's Office for Coastal Management and many tribal and local partners are working together to increase community awareness about the cultural and ecological importance of native wild rice. 

A little water could make a big difference for endangered salmon

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A little water could make a big difference for endangered salmon

New study from California Sea Grant researchers shows that during dry periods, a small amount of water can be enough to keep young salmon alive during the hot, dry summer months.

Even small amounts of running water—less than a gallon per second—could mean the difference between life or death for juvenile coho salmon in coastal California streams, according to a new study published in the journal Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.

Sea Grant shares lessons learned from coastal storms to help communities

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Sea Grant shares lessons learned from coastal storms to help communities

Sea Grant works with coastal communities across the U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam to improve community resilience to coastal storms. Sea Grant engages in vulnerability assessments, resilience planning and social science initiatives to learn from previous storms and better prepare for future storms.

Lake Champlain Sea Grant Achieves Sea Grant Institute Status

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Lake Champlain Sea Grant Achieves Sea Grant Institute Status

Lake Champlain Sea Grant earned the honor as an Institutional Program for demonstrating excellence in research, education and public service dedicated to the environmentally responsible management and development in the Nation’s marine, coastal and Great Lakes resources. As a Sea Grant Institute, Lake Champlain Sea Grant is eligible for additional federal funding and is expected to increase the research portfolio of the program.

Florida Sea Grant Helped Save Keys Lobster Industry Nearly $4 Million After Hurricane Irma

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Florida Sea Grant Helped Save Keys Lobster Industry Nearly $4 Million After Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma displaced more than 150,000 spiny lobster traps in the Florida Keys last year, sometimes miles away from their original locations. But a novel eyes-in-the-sky solution developed with support from Florida Sea Grant has saved the industry nearly $4 million.

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