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A Dynamic Network Across
NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program is located in
Silver Spring, Maryland. The National Sea Grant College Program
works closely with the 30 state Sea Grant programs located in
every coastal and Great Lakes state and Puerto Rico. These programs
serve as the core of a dynamic, national university-based network
of over 300 institutions involving more than 3,000 scientists,
engineers, educators, students and outreach experts. This network
works on a variety of topics vital to human and environmental
health—topics such as water quality coastal hazards and
biotechnology. Through their research, education and outreach
activities, Sea Grant has helped position the United States
as the world leader in marine research and the sustainable development
of coastal resources. Sea Grant activities exist at the nexus
of local, state, national and sometimes international interests.
In this way, local needs receive national attention, and national
commitments are fulfilled at the local level.