National Sea Grant College Program Law and Legal Definition

The National Sea Grant College Program (“Program”) is a network of the U.S. colleges and universities involved in scientific research, education and conservation of marine resources, Great Lakes, and coasts. The following are the purposes of the Program:

1.To provide wise use of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and the environment;

2.To foster economic competitiveness;

3.To promote public stewardship and wise economic development of the coastal ocean and its margins, the Great Lakes, and the exclusive economic zone;

4.To encourage the development of preparation, forecast, analysis, mitigation, response, and recovery systems for coastal hazards;

5.To understand global environmental processes and their impacts on ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources; and

6.To promote domestic and international cooperative solutions to ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes issues.

The Program also expands the use and development of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources resulting from growing coastal area populations. It also increases pressures on the U.S. to manage such resources wisely. The Program also consist of the financial assistance and other activities that includes:

1. sea grant programs that comprise a national sea grant college program network, including international projects conducted within such programs and regional and national projects conducted among such programs;

2. administration of the national sea grant college program;

3. any regional or national strategic investments in fields relating to ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources.