The National Sea Grant College Program is a nationwide network of 30 university-based programs supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Federal funds are matched with funds from state, tribal, business, and other nonfederal sources to carry out programs on a local, state, regional, and national level. Sea Grant research and outreach programs promote better understanding, conservation, and use of America’s coastal resources.

As America’s coastal areas grow in economic and social importance, their vulnerability moves to the forefront of concern for all Americans. Pressures from a growing coastal population have placed great demands on the coastal environment. Further changes must be anticipated and buffered to sustain these national food and water resources. Over half of the U.S. population lives within coastal counties, and taxes generated in coastal areas are among the fastest-growing sources of revenue for local, state, and federal governments. Many programs and agencies—federal, state, and local—are trying to address such impacts, but none have the resources to tackle them alone.

This book is a blueprint in which Sea Grant outreach planning is described. It includes Sea Grant’s best recommendations for outreach to sustain some of the most valuable and vulnerable areas of our nation. Each outreach opportunity is briefly described and the partners and federal resources necessary to achieve new outreach objectives are identified, although exact cost estimates for each outreach initiative depend on specific work plans.

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Opportunities for National Sea Grant outreach growth.
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Entry Date: 
Saturday, January 1, 2005
28 pp.
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8 1/2 x 11, online.
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