Our Impacts

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N.H. Sea Grant tracks the program's research and extension impacts on the state and region each year and submits this information to the National Sea Grant Office. The following items highlight our impacts from 2016.

N.H. Sea Grant helps grow the local sea vegetable market

New Hampshire Sea Grant continued its partnership with a Dover, N.H. restaurant by expanding on the "learn and dine" workshops that educate consumers about the benefits of incorporating sea vegetables into their diets. In 2016, N.H. Sea Grant included field-based workshops to help consumers identify and forage for seaweed along the New Hampshire coast. A new sea vegetable market opportunity emerged when a local brewery used sugar kelp grown by N.H. Sea Grant to brew a specialty beer which received positive regional and national media attention.

N.H. Sea Grant increases community resilience through sand dune restoration

New Hampshire Sea Grant and the University of New Hampshire have engaged over 500 student and adult volunteers and 63 teachers to increase coastal resilience in New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts by restoring sand dunes degraded by both natural processes and human impacts. These individuals volunteered a total of 2,900 hours and planted approximately 80,000 stems of beachgrass and goldenrod to restore dunes in five coastal communities. Restored dunes provide a natural buffer from storm events and protect the coastline against flooding and erosion.

$6.06 M

Economic benefit


PreK - 12 students reached


Businesses created or sustained

New Hampshire Sea Grant provided a method for me, as someone who didn’t really know a lot about working on the water, to actually get involved and to get hands-on experience learning about how to work in the ocean environment.

Daniel Tauriello, aquaculture entrepreneur and 2014 New Hampshire Sea Grant Doyle Fellow

Identifying Roads at Risk of Rising Groundwater

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N.H. Sea Grant-funded researchers developed computer models that indicated rising groundwater due to sea-level rise would likely affect two critical New Hampshire roads first: Route 286 and Gosling Road in Portsmouth.

These results will help the New Hampshire Department of Transportation prioritize upgrades to these roads in the coming years.

Improving STEM Education

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N.H. Sea Grant continued a collaboration within the University of New Hampshire to partner with the Ocean Exploration Trust. The partnership focuses on increasing STEM education engagement in New Hampshire.

Sixty-three teachers participated in training workshops and 415 participants viewed 15 live interactions with the exploration vessel E/V Nautilus.

Climate in the Classroom Program

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N.H. Sea Grant staff worked with partners and teachers to conduct a Climate in the Classroom Program, where 45 fifth-grade students learned about climate change and discussed the potential impacts to their community.

The students then designed and presented posters about their work at a community event attended by more than 90 community members.