NH Sea Grant College Program

NH Sea Grant College Program

Coastal Research Volunteers take part of in oyster measuring.New Hampshire Sea Grant College Program provides support, leadership, and expertise for marine research and education, as well as extension to the marine community.  It encourages innovative marine research programs and plays a leading role in translating that research for stakeholders through informal education and outreach efforts.

NH Sea Grant is a partnership between the State of New Hampshire and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Part of the National Sea Grant College Program, NH Sea Grant is one of a network of 30 programs promoting the understanding, development, wise use and conservation of ocean and coastal resources.  It addresses a range of issues including aquaculture, marine biotechnology, seafood processing, the development of marine products, fisheries recruitment and conservation, estuarine processes and marine policy.

NH Sea Grant staff includes extension, fisheries, and marine aquaculture specialists.  It is currently supporting the following UNH-based investigations:

  • Alternative markets for the New Hampshire commercial fishing industry.
  • Mechanisms controlling changes in nitrogen levels in the Lamprey River after storms.
  • Alewife population in the Great Bay Estuary system.
  • The viability of lobsters in Great Bay Estuary.
  • The relationship between water conditions and microbiological communities in Great Bay oysters.