Over the past 25 years, there has been a remarkable expansion of initiatives, activities, and organizations in marine research in northern New England. All of these have developed out of perceived needs and opportunities, and all have substantive contributions to make. Sea Grant's role in this rapidly evolving, multifaceted area is to help define primary, secondary and shared responsibilities; match private, state and federal resources; and develop joint research programs.
Because of the complex processes occurring in the marine environment, many scientific endeavors need to be approached from a systems level. Our program encourages investigation of the offshore, nearshore, and estuarine systems. These natural systems are very much interrelated and the health, vitality, and functioning of one is heavily dependent upon the others.
The research efforts currently supported by our program fall into four focus areas: Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development, Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Resilient Communities and Economies, and Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture. For more information about NHSG's priorities and goals, please view our 2018-2021 NH Sea Grant Strategic Plan.