Maryland Sea Grant produces results that matter for Marylanders and our state’s coastal natural resources.
We carry out our research, education, and outreach programs in an effective, transparent, and accountable fashion. We can show that the federal and state tax dollars that support our program are making a difference.
Here is a sampling of these achievements:
- Public-outreach impact: Extension agents gave technical assistance to Maryland watermen to help them apply for and receive start-up loans worth more than $700,000 to launch new oyster aquaculture businesses, creating more than 36 businesses and 80 jobs in Maryland.
- Education impact: Troubled teens were trained in aquaculture science. Our education specialist improved the educational experience and job skills of at-risk youths under the jurisdiction of the Department of Juvenile Services.
- Research impact: Maryland Sea Grant funded research about the Chesapeake’s blue crab population that helped to inform a new consensus and approach to managing the stock, one that is credited with helping to increase the population after years of decline.
Scientists funded by Maryland Sea Grant regularly publish in the leading scholarly journals such as Marine Ecology Progress Series, Estuaries and Coasts, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, and Limnology and Oceanography. We submitted more than 90 such peer-reviewed papers to the National Sea Grant Library from 2008-2011.
Our administrative leadership and staff pioneered efforts within the national Sea Grant network to manage grants and data using information technology. Our work to develop online submission, review, and approval of research proposals was heralded in the Sea Grant network for its innovation.