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Connecticut Sea Grant

  • Part of a national network advocating for healthy coastal and marine ecosystems
  • Uses research, outreach, and education to accomplish its goals
  • Partners with businesses and others on educational training, conservation, aquaculture, and more


Part of a national network of 34 university-based and consortium programs and the National Sea Grant Library, the Connecticut Sea Grant focuses on research, outreach, and education on achieving healthy coastal and marine ecosystems. These efforts include conservation activities, professional training for educators, aquaculture education and advocacy, and initiatives on other marine issues such as invasive species.

Connecticut Sea Grant is primarily funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with matching funds supplied by the state of Connecticut through the University of Connecticut.

Who’s it for?

Any businesses seeking a partner on environmental, social, educational, or economic solutions to issues involving coastal environments and marine resources.


To build bridges between academia, government and the private sector; focus on environmental, economic, social and education improvements; and solving coastal problems and developing new marine resources.

Resources & Services

Connecticut Sea Grant Extension Program

This program supports management efforts to conserve and protect ecosystems, habitats and living resources within Connecticut and the northeastern United States. Activities include research, education, and outreach in coastal land use and community planning, habitat restoration and enhancement and water quality, including collaborative partnerships with conservation groups and federal, state, and local governments.

Professional Educational Development

The Connecticut Sea Grant Educational Program offers professional development to K-12 educators via training, workshops, curriculum consultation, and opportunities for educators and graduate/undergraduate students. It also hosts the Quahog Bowl, an annual academic competition for students from Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Climate Change Initiatives

In addition to addressing efforts to combat climate change through existing initiatives, Connecticut Sea Grant participates in the Sentinel Monitoring for Climate Change Program in Long Island Sound to track warning signs of climate change effects and develop responses. It also partners with the UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research to work with municipalities and relevant professionals on climate resiliency through the Climate Adaptation Academy.


The Connecticut Sea Grant Aquaculture Program aims to contribute to the expansion of environmentally- and economically-sustainable marine aquaculture industries in Connecticut and the Northeast through efforts such as research, collaboration with municipalities on shellfisheries management, consultations with industry members, and advocacy for streamlined research and permitting processes.


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