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 Ocrober and was later promoted to Project in October 2004. UOGSG aspires to obtain Sea Grant Insitutional 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.
Our Mission is to apply research, extension, and educational activities that sustain and develop island environments while integrating the knowledge and culture of island people.
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.
The UOGSG Advisory Board plays a vital role in guiding the UOGSG program direction. The board is comprised of various members with expertise and interest in marine and coastal issues and policymaking.
Carlotta Leon Guerrero, Chairwoman
Director, Ayuda Foundation
Evangeline Lujan, Vice Chairwoman
Regulatory Analyst, Guam Waterworks Authority
Director, The Nature Conservancy Pacific Division
Sabrina Salas Matanane
News Director, KUAM Communications
General Manager, UnderWater World Guam
Lt. Larla Brown
Auxillary Division Chief, U.S. Coast Guard
Dr. Austin Shelton, Board Secretary
Director, UOG Sea Grant