As I’ve traveled across the nation in the last few months, I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with ocean devotees associated with NOAA’s Sea Grant program, including at the University of New Hampshire, MIT, the University of Alaska, and the University of Hawaii. These discussions have really brought to my attention the crucial role of Sea Grant in applying ocean research to coastal, marine, and Great Lakes resources to create a sustainable economy and environment. It is easy to see that Sea Grant’s exemplary partnerships with so many of our member institutions is helping communities responsibly use, manage, and adapt to changes in our ocean and Great Lakes. I salute everyone who is associated with the Sea Grant program; keep up with the great work and know that you are valued and appreciated!
Congress has started moving on appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2018, and last week, a House subcommittee marked up the bill that would fund Sea Grant for the coming fiscal year. While details of some of the programs (including Sea Grant) won’t be released until just before the full committee markup, we’ll be watching and weighing in to make sure decision makers understand the important role that ocean research, and the Sea Grant program in particular, play in all or lives – and why we need to invest in them.
RADM Jonathan W. White, USN (ret.)
President and CEO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
The Beach Time Capsule
A load of boxes pulled from biologist Dale Straughan’s home yielded a veritable treasure trove for UC Santa Barbara researchers studying the impact of climate change on coastal biodiversity in California. Beginning in 2009, the UCSB team worked closely with Straughan to compare present-day results to her original data sets.