At WHOI, Woods Hole Sea Grant is uniquely positioned to draw upon the Institution’s resources—including world-class research and engineering innovation, and access to privately and publicly funded programs from which to leverage support for Sea Grant’s priority issues. This adds value to the national Sea Grant network, just as Woods Hole Sea Grant adds value to WHOI, through its unique integration of science and outreach activities, the large number of Sea Grant supported-publications (nearly 800 publications since the program’s inception), and the wide range of marine extension services, outreach, and education programs provided locally and regionally.
Many of the issues that impact Massachusetts’ coastal waters mirror key issues for coastal areas throughout the United States:
Because Woods Hole Sea Grant cannot effectively take on every issue, the program staff monitors the efforts of the region’s regulatory agencies, organizations, and private programs to assess how and to what degree issues are being addressed. Frequently, Woods Hole Sea Grant joins forces with other groups to address specific research, technology, and outreach issues or problems. The ability to form such collaborations is one of the program’s greatest strengths and helps leverage funding and increase the scope and impact of core programmatic efforts.
The NOAA Sea Grant Strategic Plan for FY 2003-2008 and Beyond focuses on ten theme areas that are connected to NOAA’s mission goals and strategies. The theme areas include: aquaculture, biotechnology, coastal communities and economies, coastal hazards, digital ocean, ecosystems and habitats, fisheries, marine and aquatic science literacy, seafood science and urban coasts. Within these themes are national priority areas in aquatic invasive species, fisheries extension, harmful algae blooms, oyster disease research.
Consistent with the goals of the national strategic plan, Woods Hole Sea Grant is implementing its strategic plan within four major theme areas:
These areas have been identified by three distinct mechanisms:
In each theme area, research progress and application of results determine the identification of milestones.
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