Maine Sea Grant

As a designated Sea Grant College, the University of Maine hosts the Maine Sea Grant College Program, a federal-state partnership funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the state of Maine. Maine Sea Grant is part of a network of 33 NOAA Sea Grant programs across the nation’s coastal and Great Lakes states and territories.

Sea Grant supports marine and coastal research, education and outreach. In partnership with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 10 professionals who make up Maine Sea Grant’s marine extension team are located in coastal communities from Wells to Eastport.

Maine Sea Grant research areas and outreach efforts include:

  • Healthy coastal ecosystems for everyone
  • Safe and sustainable seafood for fishermen, aquaculturists, fisheries managers, fishing communities and consumers
  • Resilient coastal communities for municipal officials, regional planners, local bay and watershed organizations, conservation groups and economic development agencies
  • Climate change impacts and response for coastal property owners, municipal officials, fishermen, aquaculturists and K-12 students

Maine Sea Grant research contributions include:

  • Maine Sea Grant is the only program that connects research capacity at the University of Maine and other institutions with the needs of coastal communities through a place-based staff of extension professionals
  • For more than 40 years, Sea Grant has supported science that is relevant to Maine people; from helping to start Maine’s oyster industry, the Maine Fishermen’s Forum, and the Portland Fish Exchange in the 1970s, to launching environmental monitoring programs for harmful algae blooms, lobsters, beach water quality, shoreline erosion and climate change
  • Maine Sea Grant plays a leadership role in regional and national outreach efforts on issues such as working waterfronts, aquaculture and ocean energy, while connecting communities to expertise across Sea Grant’s national network
  • Maine Sea Grant expands community capacity to address conflicts and challenges in positive and productive ways
  • Sea Grant provides formal and informal education programs, fellowships and scholarships to develop tomorrow’s marine workforce and foster environmental literacy

Maine Sea Grant points of pride include:

  • Maine Sea Grant is a trusted source of science-based information
  • Maine Sea Grant is a respected convener and facilitator, helping coastal stakeholders find common ground and local solutions
  • Research conducted at Maine Sea Grant has relevance and is ensured by a 25-member policy advisory committee
  • Sea Grant has a 40-year history in Maine
  • Maine Sea Grant-supported students have become state and national leaders in marine science and policy

Unique facilities, tools and libraries include:

  • Research connections to marine research institutions and centers statewide
  • Field staff at host institutions including the city of Eastport, Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research, College of the Atlantic, Cooperative Extension Knox-Waldo counties, Darling Marine Center and Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Partnership with Cooperative Extension
  • Communications team with skills in writing, editing, graphic design and digital media
  • Access to national network of Sea Grant and NOAA scientists and outreach specialists

Visit the Maine Sea Grant website for more information.

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