University of Guam Sea Grant (UOGSG) became a formal Sea Grant program in August 2008 and received a Coherent Area Program status in February 2012. Prior to that, UOGSG stared as a Pre-Extension Program in October and was later promoted to Project in October 2004. UOGSG aspires to obtain Sea Grant Institutional Status in the near future.
Our Vision is a future where people live, work, and play along our coasts in harmony with the natural resources that attract and sustain them.
UOG Sea Grant’s mission is to integrate and apply research, extension, and education activities to sustain and develop island environments while integrating knowledge and cultural perspectives of island people.
Within the Mariana Islands Archipelago, coastal environments are dynamic ecosystems with fluctuating water levels, many species of fish, birds, plants and other wildlife, and diverse habitat types.
Recreational and commercial use of coastal resources–our watersheds, beaches, reefs, and open ocean–all present challenges to maintaining our ecosystem’s health. UOG Sea Grant addresses issues that can pose ecosystem challenges through research, education, and outreach. Our strategic plan provides an overview of the types of issues we are looking at.
Research, education, and outreach means:
Guam Sea Grant’s core values are essential and enduring tenets that influence the organization and support its mission. The core values support a culture of integrity and scientific neutrality enabling Guam Sea Grant to serve as an honest broker. Guam Sea Grant will continue to be:
The National Sea Grant College Program is a partnership between universities and the federal government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency within the Department of Commerce. The Sea Grant network includes more than 3,000 scientists, engineers, public outreach experts, educators, and students from over 300 institutions, representing 33 programs in states and territories.
Sea Grant’s mission is to provide integrated research, communication, education, extension and legal programs to coastal communities that lead to the responsible use of the nation’s ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources through informed personal, policy, and management decisions.
Examples of research that Sea Grant helps to fund include: population growth and development on the coasts; preparation and response to tsunamis; human interactions with the marine environment; fish and shellfish farming; seafood safety; and fisheries management. Communication, education, and extension professionals then share the research with stakeholders in a way that is understandable and meaningful.
Sea Grant is a national initiative, but is managed and implemented locally. Hence, a program in the Great Lakes region will be very different than one in Puerto Rico, Louisiana, California, or the Western Pacific.