Mission, Vision, and Approach

An oyster farmer, standing in waist deep water in waders, speaks to a researcher in a boat and another researcher also standing in the water in Great Bay, NH

Our Mission

New Hampshire Sea Grant works to enhance our relationship with the coastal environment to sustain healthy ecosystems, economies, and resilient and inclusive communities.

Our Vision

New Hampshire Sea Grant envisions diverse, thriving coastal communities and ecosystems where people live, work, and play in a manner that sustains healthy ecosystems, economies, and people.

Our Approach

New Hampshire Sea Grant meets our mission through integrated research, extension, education, and communications efforts.


NH Sea Grant’s research program supports innovative studies that address key scientific questions and research needs for New Hampshire, from biology and ecology, to technology and engineering, to social science and issues of public health and policy.


Community engagement is at the core of NH Sea Grant’s work. We proudly connect interested parties (individuals, communities, businesses, and organizations) with the science and training they need to make informed decisions about our marine and coastal resources.


Increasing environmental literacy and promoting career and workforce development are central to NH Sea Grant’s marine education activities, which reach thousands of students each year. For lifelong learners, our robust volunteer programs (UNH Marine Docents and Coastal Research Volunteers) provide opportunities and educational experiences for adults across the state.


Communications serves as a central hub for NH Sea Grant's work – helping to connect our research, extension, and education efforts with diverse audiences through rich, authentic, and visually-appealing stories, photos, videos, and online content.

Focus Areas

Sea Grant categorizes our work⁠—research, extension, and education⁠—into four strategic Focus Areas:

graphic depicting four icons for New Hampshire Sea Grant's four strategic focus areas: Resilient Communities and Economies, Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development and Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture