In 1966, the United States Congress established the National Sea Grant College Program. The program is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The term “Sea Grant” was selected to underscore the similarity between this new program, focused on national coastal and marine resources, and the Land Grant program created more than a century earlier to develop agricultural resources.
Sea Grant programs provide important research which helps lawmakers manage state and federal fisheries.
State Sea Grant Programs
Massachusetts – Woods Hole and MIT
Vermont – Lake Champlain Sea Grant
Regional Sea Grant Programs
Northeast – includes Sea Grant programs in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, at MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Regional and state programs are part of the National Sea Grant College Program.