Maine Sea Grant College Program

Address:  5784 York Complex Orono ME  04469-5784
Contact: Beth Bisson –  Phone: 207-581-1435

Mission: Maine Sea Grant is a state-federal partnership based at the University of Maine and sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the State of Maine. We are part of a network of 30 Sea Grant programs throughout the coastal and Great Lakes states. We support marine and coastal scientific research and education.

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Ocean Literacy

Principle 1: The Earth has one big ocean with many features
Marine invasives outreach on vectors. Tide, current, and circulation studies.

Principle 2: The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth
Coastal erosion, coastal hazard outreach and education. (e.g. beach profiling program) Sea level rise education and outreach.

Principle 3: The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate
Climate change programming (phenology monitoring, Maine’s Climate News website, Maine’s Climate Future report, etc.). Ocean acidification. Freshwater cycle, freshwater quantity, and precipitation patterns. Temperature moderation (long term), and coastal weather patterns.

Principle 4: The ocean makes Earth habitable
Freshwater availability. Temperature moderation.

Principle 5: The ocean supports a diversity of life and ecosystems.
Coastal watershed research and education programming. Marine invasive species’ impact on biodiversity of ocean ecosystems. Citizen monitoring programming. Citizen-based area management.

Principle 6: The ocean is connected to us and we are connected to it.
Fisheries heritage. Coastal resource management. Economic dependence on coastal resources. Sustainable coastal tourism. Coastal community development. Working waterfront programming. Coastal community resilience programming.

Ocean Observing:

Professional development workshops for teachers related to working with and making sense of data. Our marine extension team also uses ocean observing data for weather and safety-related information, and for tracking long-term trends.