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Sea Grant Programs

Taking full advantage of regional expertise and commitment, Sea Grant pursues a national agenda through a highly interactive network of Sea Grant Colleges and research institutions. Headquartered at many of the nation's premier universities, Sea Grant programs are located in coastal and Great Lake states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. A national network of 30 Sea Grant Colleges and institutional programs shares research, outreach and education to solve old problems and explore new uses for the world's marine, Great Lakes and coastal resources. Sea Grant activities exist at the nexus of local, state, national and sometimes international interests. In this way, local needs receive national attention, and a national commitment is fulfilled at the local level. Contact the institution in the region of interest for more information.

Great Lakes Region
Northeast Region
Mid-Atlantic Region
Southeastern Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Region
Pacific Region



US map of Sea Grant Program regions   Sea Grant Programs location map and contact information

Great Lakes Region


Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant fosters the creation and stewardship of an enhanced and sustainable environment and economy along southern Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes region. Established in 1966, the program's research foci include aquaculture, biological resources, coastal business and environment, and water quality. Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is associated with Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Michigan Sea Grant College Program
Michigan Sea Grant helps Michigan citizens protect and enjoy our nation's extensive freshwater resources, tackling issues that affect the state's ecosystem health and economic sustainability. Priorities include coastal sustainable development, fisheries, aquatic nuisance species, coastal wetlands, and Great Lakes education. Michigan Sea Grant is a partnership between the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and Michigan State University at East Lansing, MI.

Minnesota Sea Grant College Program
Minnesota Sea Grant provides the people, tools, and the technology to help maintain and enhance coastal and aquatic economies and resources. Its researchers and educators focus on discovering solutions to problems facing Lake Superior and Minnesota's inland waters. Research priorities include sustainable coastal communities, impacts and management of nonindigenous species, Lake Superior ecological management, economic viability, and environmental safety in biotechnology and aquaculture. Minnesota Sea Grant is associated with the University Minnesota at Duluth, MN.

New York Sea Grant Institute
New York Sea Grant is in its fourth decade of "Bringing Science to the Shore" in the Empire State. The program supports more than 60 research and outreach projects annually in technology and product development, fisheries and seafood safety, coastal environmental quality and processes, aquatic nuisance species and other areas of special interest. New York Sea Grant is a cooperative program of the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Cornell University at Ithaca, NY.

Ohio Sea Grant College Program
Ohio Sea Grant uses research, education, and outreach efforts to enhance use and improve management of this nation's ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources. Areas of research include aquaculture, biotechnology, ecosystems research, marine biomedicinals and extracts, marine economics, mineral resources, marine recreation, pollution, transportation systems and zebra mussels. Ohio Sea Grant is a statewide program based at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.

Pennsylvania Sea Grant Project
Pennsylvania Sea Grant was established in 1995 by virtue of the fact the state enjoys 43 miles of coastline on Lake Erie. Its first projects naturally relate to Pennsylvania's Lake Erie coastline, including upland areas of watershed, Presque Isle and Presque Isle Bay. Its focus is on marine extension and communications. Pennsylvania Sea Grant is associated with Penn State University at Erie, PA.

Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
Wisconsin Sea Grant was established in 1968 as a statewide program dedicated to the wise stewardship and sustainable use of Great Lakes and ocean resources. The program is supporting projects focused on enhancing Great Lakes sport and commercial fisheries; improving freshwater aquaculture; analyzing ecosystem effects of zebra mussels; exploring the potential of biotechnology; analyzing related socio-economic issues and advising coastal communities and businesses; enhancing safety for recreational scuba divers; and investigating the cycling of toxic contaminants in Great Lakes systems and developing strategies for pollution remediation. Wisconsin Sea Grant is associated with the University of Wisconsin at six campuses across the state.



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Northeast Region


Connecticut Sea Grant Program
Connecticut Sea Grant funds a variety of key research projects on marine/coastal topics including aquaculture, biotechnology, climate change, coastal hazards, living marine resources, water quality, watersheds, ecosystem health and the Long Island Sound. Connecticut Sea Grant is based at the University of Connecticut at Avery Point.

Lake Champlain Seagrant Program
Lake Champlain Sea Grant is a cooperative program of the University of Vermont and Plattsburgh State University of New York. Its mission is to identify and address critical ecological and economic issues affecting the Lake Champlain basin and its resources and to share that information, empowering communities, businesses, and other stakeholders to make informed decisions regarding the management, conservation, utilization, and rehabilitation of their aquatic resources for long-term environmental health and economic growth.

Maine Sea Grant College Program
The mission of Maine Sea Grant is to play a leadership role in marine science and education and to promote their use in the development, management and stewardship of marine and coastal resources. Maine Sea Grant funds a wide range of research projects through an annual request for proposals to provide information so that stakeholders can protect, develop, and manage Maine's marine resources.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant College Program
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant sponsors innovative marine research guided by the unique resources of higher educational institutions in Massachusetts and by local and national research needs. Research is focused marine biotechnology, coastal management and utilization, technology development, non-indigenous species, and coupled ocean observation and modeling. MIT Sea Grant is also home to the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Laboratory (AUV Lab).

New Hampshire Sea Grant Program
New Hampshire Sea Grant encourages investigation of the offshore, nearshore, and estuarine systems. These natural systems are interrelated and the health, vitality, and functioning of one is heavily dependent upon the others. The research efforts currently supported fall into two general areas: management and development of living marine resources and coastal development.

Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program
Rhode Island Sea Grant conducts research, training, and public outreach on issues of importance to the marine environment. The program's outreach focuses on coastal management, and fisheries, aquaculture, and seafood safety and quality. Rhode Island Sea Grant is located at the University of Rhode Island Narragansett Bay Campus, Narragansett, RI.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Sea Grant Program
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Sea Grant supports research, education, and advisory projects to promote the wise use and understanding of ocean and coastal resources for the public benefit. It's research priorities are in the areas of estuarine and coastal processes; fisheries and aquaculture; and environmental technology. Woods Hole Sea Grant works with a number of educational and scientific institutions in New England and is located at Woods Hole, MA.



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Mid-Atlantic Region


Delaware Sea Grant College Program
Delaware Sea Grant College conducts research, education, and outreach projects to help people from all walks of life wisely use, manage, and conserve Delaware's ocean and coastal resources. The program is funding research projects in coastal ocean studies; marine biotechnology; environmental technology; fisheries; coastal engineering; and education and outreach.

Maryland Sea Grant College Program
Maryland Sea Grant won Sea Grant College status in 1982 and plays a major role in programs to help restore the Chesapeake Bay, mainly by supporting advanced research that will lead to sound policymaking and more effective management of the Bay's threatened resources. Research areas include remote sensing of Chesapeake Bay phytoplankon, oyster disease research, fisheries resources, including aquaculture and seafood technology, and toxicants in the Bay. Maryland Sea Grant is located at the University of Maryland at College Park, MD.

New Jersey Sea Grant Program
New Jersey Sea Grant Program has been managed by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium since 1976, and won designation as a Sea Grant program in 1989. The program has been in the forefront of research, education and outreach in contaminant reduction, fisheries research, coastal engineering, hazard mitigation, and environmental modeling. Among highlights are efforts to rebuild the state's oyster industry and innovative research evaluating the chemical changes in algal and bacterial production resulting from increased loading rates of dissolved organic nitrogen to estuaries, an effort that has blossomed into a full-range interdisciplinary water quality monitoring and watershed management project.

North Carolina Sea Grant College Program
North Carolina Sea Grant has focused the intellectual resources of North Carolina's major universities on coastal economic development, coastal ecosystem health and human resources since 1970. The program is working to focus cutting-edge research on challenges for Carolina's coastal future, such as population growth in rural counties, declining fisheries, deteriorating water quality in tributaries and estuarine waters, and increasing public demand for information on coastal and marine issues. North Carolina Sea Grant is associated with North Carolina State University at Raleigh, NC.

Virginia Sea Grant College Program
Virginia Sea Grant facilitates research, educational, and outreach activities promoting sustainable management of marine resources in Chesapeake Bay and along Atlantic Ocean shorelines. Key research topics include fish and shellfish aquaculture, enhanced seafood safety through hazard analysis critical control point principles, commercial and recreational fisheries research, and coastal community development. Virginia Sea Grant is associated with the College of William and Mary. The program is located at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) in Gloucester Point, VA.



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Southeastern Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Region


Florida Sea Grant College Program
Florida Sea Grant applies the scientific expertise of 15 private and public universities and research facilities toward solving the state's coastal problems. Through the funding of timely research in fisheries, aquaculture, marine biotechnology and coastal processes, the program allows the best and the brightest researchers together to resolve problems that are clearly of major importance in the state. Florida Sea Grant is headquartered at the University of Florida at Gainesville, FL,

Georgia Sea Grant College Program
Georgia Sea Grant supports a wide range of marine research, especially in the areas of technology development to measure impact of economic activity on the environment; enhancement of the quality and supply of seafood; and monitoring sustaining the health of Georgia's coastal ecosystems. Georgia Sea Grant College Program is headquartered at the University of Georgia at Athens, GA.

Puerto Rico Sea Grant College Program
Puerto Rico Sea Grant has been active since 1980 in working toward the conservation and wise development of the island's marine and coastal resources. Its research focuses particularly on marine fisheries reserves, essential fish habitat, natural disaster reduction, and coastal water quality. Puerto Rico Sea Grant serves a multicultural, international community in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Latin America and the Caribbean region. Puerto Rico Sea Grant is associated with the University of Puerto Rico at San Juan, PR.

South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
S.C. Sea Grant Consortium is a university-based network supporting research, education, and outreach to conserve coastal resources and enhance economic opportunity for the people of South Carolina.

Louisiana Sea Grant College Program
Louisiana Sea Grant develops knowledge, technology, personnel, and public understanding to advance the sustainable and economically viable use of marine and coastal environments and resources. Research is targeted mainly in the areas of natural fisheries, aquaculture, coastal and wetland resources, and seafood products. A key focus is the transfer of research-generated technology to the marketplace. Louisiana Sea Grant activities were established at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, in 1968.

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium
Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium is an organization of nine institutions which conduct research, education, and advisory service activities that foster the stewardship and sustainable use of marine and coastal resources for the benefit of the public in Mississippi and Alabama. It supports research and activities mainly in coastal ecosystems and habitats, sustainable fisheries, marine biotechnology and industrial ecology, and marine education and outreach.

Texas Sea Grant College Program
Texas Sea Grant was one of the first four state programs established under the National Sea Grant College Act of 1966. It supports coastal and marine-related, problem-oriented research, especially in the areas of fisheries recruitment and aquaculture. The program also publishes an award-winning quarterly, Texas Shores, to keep the public and user groups advised of research results and educational activities. The Texas Sea Grant College Program is headquartered in Bryan, Texas, and is part of the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University.



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Pacific Region


Alaska Sea Grant College Program
Alaska Sea Grant headquarters and public information offices are located on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. Alaska Sea Grant helps bolster the long-term value of Alaska's marine resources by funding scientific research on marine ecosystems and the effects of human activity and natural environmental changes on ocean resources. The findings and other information are disseminated by a statewide network of Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory agents, resource specialists, and communications specialists. Below are the primary areas of research and public outreach.

California Sea Grant College Program
California Sea Grant is the largest of 29 state programs in a national network dedicated to the understanding, conservation, and wise use of our coastal and marine resources. The program supports advanced research on marine issues such as studying marine bacteria as a remover of metal pollutants from bays and estuaries and cultured marine fungi as a new source for drugs. California Sea Grant is associated with the University of California at La Jolla, CA.

Southern California Sea Grant College Program
Southern California Sea Grant has served the Southern California coastal region for over 25 years. Its research emphasis on the "urban ocean" has yielded important information about sewage disposal at sea, the presence and survival of viruses in the coastal ocean, planning issues associated with ports, and issues of marine recreation and tourism. The USC Sea Grant, based at the University of Southern California, supports projects addressing the issues and opportunities of Los Angeles and other metropolitan areas near, using, and benefitting from the sea.

Hawaii Sea Grant College Program
Hawaii Sea Grant has been a leader in aquaculture, coastal processes and technology development in its 31 years of service to Hawaii and the Pacific. Among past achievements are advances in ocean water quality monitoring, seaweed agronomy, prawn aquaculture, fisheries research, fisheries enhancement, precious corals, and deep sea technology. Hawaii Sea Grant is associated with the University of Hawaii, in Honolulu, HI.

Oregon Sea Grant College Program
Oregon Sea Grant works to further knowledge of the marine and coastal environments of the Pacific Northwest, and the forces - natural and human - that shape their destiny. From that knowledge, it is hoped, will come better understanding of the complex biologic, geologic, social, and economic forces that shape the region, and better stewardship of its resources. Oregon Sea Grant is associated with Oregon State University at Corvallis, OR.

Washington Sea Grant College Program
The Northwest region's dependence on marine-related natural resources and marine trade, and the threats facing the marine environment, provide the framework within which Washington Sea Grant program has worked for 27 years. The program's goal is to maximize productive use of marine resources while preserving and if necessary helping to restore the essential qualities of a healthy marine environment. Washington Sea Grant is associated with the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.