Extension & Outreach
Providing 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.
Connecting Resource Networks
Extension agents connect university resources and expertise with local communities.
Extension agents 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.
by the Numbers
*Extension professionals refers to total number of Sea Grant-affiliated extension professionals. Sea Grant extension full-time equivalents = 163.
COMMUNITIES IMPROVED HAZARD RESILIENCE
INDIVIDUALS REACHED THROUGH WORKSHOPS
Featured Extension Efforts
Sea Grant Extension Assembly
The Sea Grant Assembly provides a way for Sea Grant Extension program leaders to respond to network issues or needs and to provide a forum for sharing related professional knowledge.
The Sea Grant Extension Assembly serves primarily to:
- Provide a mechanism for Sea Grant Extension (SGE) program leaders to respond to network issues or needs and to provide a forum for sharing related professional knowledge.
Foster ongoing communication with the Sea Grant Association, National Sea Grant Office, and other SGE outreach and research components.
- Develop mechanisms to increase cooperative programming, outreach innovations, and talent sharing.
- Encourage national and regional professional recognition for outstanding performance for appropriate SGE professionals.
- Foster effective liaisons with various groups interested in collaborating with SGE program leaders in concert with the Sea Grant Association.
- Support and encourage regional SGE program networks.
Sea Grant Extension in the News
Water Resources: Research informs efforts to reduce nitrogen inputs from lawn care practices to New Hampshireâ€™s Great Bay
Some lawn care practices intended to get that lush green grass can affect nearby rivers and bays, but new research indicates that homeowners in the Northeast are willing to make changes to their lawn care routine to help protect the environment.
Dr. John Jacob takes a holistic approach to educating citizens and local officials, noting that the watershed is affected by a wide range of activities from landscaping and other things people do around their homes to large urban planning and habitat protection activities.
David Hart is Assistant Director for Extension with the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute and a Senior Scientist with the UW Aquatic Sciences Center. His research and outreach spans geographic information science, urban planning, and coastal management.