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Research Focus Areas


Healthy Coastal Ecosystems

Issues related to healthy coastal ecosystems on the coast of Massachusetts and in Northeastern U.S. are similar to those issues experienced in other areas of the U.S. coastline.


Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

Woods Hole Sea Grant has identified the revitalization of our nation’s fisheries and sustainable aquaculture as priority areas that fit within the capacity of the academic and research environment within the region served by our program.


Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development

Sea Grant has assumed the responsibility to improve the environmental literacy of the general public, to inform teachers and informal educators of new advances in science and technology, to inform decision makers of advances in science that informs policy, and to assist in the training of undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and law students.


Resilient Communities and Economies

Coastal communities in the U.S. provide a wide range of economic, social, and recreational opportunities. Over one third of the population of Massachusetts lives along the coastline. At the same time, coastal ponds, embayments, open coasts, and coastal resources may be impacted by society’s commercial, recreational and residential activities.