How Sea Grant Benefits You in 2020
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Nearly two dozen projects taken on by New York Sea Grant's specialists and funded researchers this past year use science in order to improve decisions made by local communities, businesses and individuals as they develop resilience action and promote sustainable resolutions to pressing coastal issues

New York, NY, April 3, 2020 - For nearly 50 years, New York Sea Grant (NYSG) has worked with coastal residents, communities, businesses and teachers, among others, on problems, opportunities and specific activities within the land and water interface.

Together NYSG promotes cost-effective and common sense solutions to concerns New Yorkers face along the State's marine, Great Lakes and Hudson River coasts.

Thousands of New Yorkers have benefited from Sea Grant programming in such areas as fisheries, aquatic invasive species, coastal tourism and coastal community resilience.

For some background, see: "NYSG Reports Results & Impacts from Studies Statewide" and "NYSG Posts Impact Statements for Great Lakes and Marine District Projects"

In 2016, the National Sea Grant College Program turned 50. Now in its sixth decade, Sea Grant has been putting science to work for America’s coastal communities.

Regarding research, featured are summaries of a sampling of recently completed projects addressing topics such as the impacts of plastic pollution to our coastlines and waters as well as climate change and ocean acidification on aquatic organisms.

Also, researchers examined migration and behavioral patterns of Great Lakes species including king salmon and cisco as well as how dams in the Hudson-Mohawk Watershed might alter fisheries restoration plans of, among others, river herring and eels.

On the extension and education side, the new profiles provide a summary of how NYSG addressed a variety of marine and Great Lakes concerns and opportunities in 2019, including the partners involved and any additional funding sources. 

As for "How Sea Grant Benefits You," see our national by-the-numbers one-pager "Sea Grant: A Smart Investment in Our Economy," which was updated last fall.

You can also search impacts of Sea Grant's work, browse current projects, and explore any of the Sea Grant Colleges at

Here in New York, we offer a "What is New York Sea Grant" one-pager, which was updated in February.

In 2021, NYSG will have worked with coastal residents, communities, businesses and teachers for 50 years to provide cost-effective solutions to problems New Yorkers face along the marine, Great Lakes and Hudson River coasts. 

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY), is one of 34 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

Since 1971, NYSG has represented a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness and understanding about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources.

Through NYSG’s efforts, the combined talents of university scientists and extension specialists help develop and transfer science-based information to many coastal user groups—businesses and industries, federal, state and local government decision-makers and agency managers, educators, the media and the interested public.

The program maintains Great Lakes offices at Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Oswego and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension in NYC and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

For updates on Sea Grant activities: has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube links. NYSG offers a free e-list sign up via for its flagship publication, NY Coastlines/Currents, which is published quarterly. Our program also produces an occasional e-newsletter,"NOAA Sea Grant's Social Media Review," via its blog,

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