Oregon Sea Grant
Oregon Sea Grant’s mission is to develop and support an integrated program of research, outreach, and education that helps people understand, rationally use, and conserve marine and coastal resources. Our activities respond to the needs of ocean stakeholders and act to stimulate the Oregon economy.
Established at Oregon State University in 1971, Oregon Sea Grant is one of 33 state programs within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Sea Grant College Program, authorized by Congress in 1968. Funding comes from federal and state appropriations, as well as contributions from local governments and industry. Major support is through a Congressional appropriation via the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Through an integrated program of research, public engagement and education, Oregon Sea Grant conducts program activities in critical areas including healthy coastal ecosystems, sustainable coastal development, safe and sustainable seafood supply, hazard resilient coastal communities, and marine education.
Oregon Sea Grant’s highly competitive, rigorously reviewed grants program funds marine research in academic institutions throughout Oregon. This research that addresses issues of high importance and social relevance, giving priority to work that emphasizes prediction (rather than explanation) and meaningful collaboration with industry, agencies, communities, and other stakeholders.
The research program is matched with the professional and technical expertise of Sea Grant Extension, education and communications faculty and staff, who provide public outreach, engagement, and education on ocean and coastal issues important to Oregonians. The program supports undergraduate and graduate students as Sea Grant Scholars to study and gain practical experience in important marine and coastal problems.
Sea Grant is driven by an ethic of public service, and uses a range of approaches to engage constituents. Oregon’s marine resource userss are key contributors to the program. An advisory council of marine industry and coastal community leaders provides external review of program directions and progress. The program is highly collaborative, working with community and industry groups, teachers and their students, resource managers and political leaders to develop and provide the public with information based on sound research and cutting-edge science.
Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary in operation, Oregon Sea Grant supports and collaborates with faculty and students beyond OSU, including the University of Oregon, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland State University, and Eastern Oregon University. Sea Grant also maintains close working relationships with coastal research facilities, including the OSU Seafood Laboratory in Astoria, the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center/Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station, ODFW and NOAA labs in Newport, and the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston. Sea Grant manages the Visitor Center at the Hatfield Marine Science Center as a public science learning facility and learning laboratory.