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Oregon Sea Grant is a catalyst that promotes discovery, understanding and resilience for Oregon coastal communities and ecosystems - OSG Mission Statement
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, which Congress created in 1966. We are funded by federal and state appropriations, as well as project-specific contributions from local governments and industry.
Through an integrated program of research, public engagement and education, we address regionally and nationally strategic issues through a program of competitive, rigorously reviewed research, public outreach and engagement, and ocean and coastal education. Oregon’s marine resource users are key partners to the program. An advisory council of marine industry and coastal community leaders provides external checks on program directions and progress. We collaborate with community, industry and conservation groups, teachers and their students, resource managers and political leaders to develop and provide the public with information based on sound research and innovative science.
Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary in operation, Oregon Sea Grant reaches beyond OSU, supporting research conducted at other institutions of higher learning, including the University of Oregon, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland State University and Eastern Oregon University. We maintain 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 OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport as an ocean and coastal learning center for all ages and a laboratory to study how people engage with, and learn about, science in a free-choice setting.