Alaska Sea Grant
A PARTNERSHIP FOR ALASKA
The Alaska Sea Grant team (left to right): Gabe Dunham, Terri Schimmack, Gay Sheffield, Davin Holen, Beverly Bradley, Ginny Eckert, Tara Borland, Dawn Montano, Jared Jeffery, Julie Matweyou, Gary Freitag, Sunny Rice, Torie Baker, Dave Partee, Heather Brandon, Paula Dobbyn.
Who We Are
Alaska Sea Grant, one of 33 Sea Grant programs nationwide, is a statewide program headquartered at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Sea Grant has been serving Alaska for 50 years. Our work supports healthy coastal resources, strong economies, and vibrant communities. We do this through research, education, and outreach via Marine Advisory agents who live and work in eight coastal communities across Alaska.
Alaska Sea Grant receives federal funding from the National Sea Grant Program. We increase those funds threefold with:
- University of Alaska state funds
- External grants
- Cash and in-kind donations
- Program income from publications and workshops
What We Do
The State of Alaska manages thousands of square miles of coastal ecosystems that support recreational, commercial and subsistence activities. Alaska Sea Grant helps residents, natural resource managers, and businesses protect and restore healthy coastal habitats for continued ecosystem and public well-being.
Fisheries & Seafood
Sea Grant is a leader in developing innovative technologies for all sectors of the seafood industry, including fishing, aquaculture, seafood processing and consumer safety. Alaska Sea Grant supports sustainable fisheries and aquaculture through applied research and extension.
Coastal Resilience & Economy
More than 70 percent of Alaska's 700,000 residents live along the coast. Alaska Sea Grant scientists and Marine Advisory Program agents research coastal processes, hazards, energy sources, and more. Communities seek our expertise to sustain vibrant coastal economies and help them respond and adapt to environmental change.
Environmental Literacy & Workforce Development
Alaska Sea Grant provides leadership in K-12 marine and aquatic education statewide at all levels; and through public education in coastal communities. Programs are designed to inform, educate, and train community members as citizens and help prepare the current and next generation of the workforce involved with our nation’s coastal resources, communities, and economies.
How We Do It
Alaska Sea Grant conducts and funds scientific research that enhances the sustainable use and conservation of our coastal and marine resources.
Alaska Sea Grant supports a number of formal, peer-reviewed research projects through a biennial call for proposals. Through each RFP, we seek creative and innovative research proposals in the natural and social sciences that focus on the environmental and economic viability of Alaska's coastal communities.
Each proposal must provide an engagement plan that describes how broader audiences will engage with and use the project results.
Marine Advisory Outreach
Alaska Sea Grant’s Marine Advisory agents work with Alaskans to sustain healthy coastal economies, communities and ecosystems. They do this through collaborative projects, classes, workshops, training, applied research, and other methods of technical assistance.
Alaska Sea Grant employs a variety of education strategies to promote environmental literacy statewide. National Sea Grant defines an environmentally literate person as “someone who has a fundamental understanding of the systems of the natural world, the relationships and interactions between the living and nonliving environment, and the ability to understand and utilize scientific evidence to make informed decisions regarding environmental issues.”
In Alaska, the context of environmental literacy is a diverse population with varying degrees of access to educational resources facing the challenges of a dynamic and rapidly changing natural environment. The need for current, relevant information gleaned from research and the long-term perspectives of local knowledge is becoming more urgent for Alaskans. Environmentally literate citizens able to participate in public policy decisions that affect Alaska’s coastal resources are crucial.
Alaska Sea Grant also works with, and invests in, K-12 school district administrators, teachers, students to promote environmental literacy in Alaska’s schools.