Today’s workforce must have a range of scientific, technical and communication skills to effectively address the daunting environmental challenges confronting our nation. The National Sea Grant Law Center assists the National Sea Grant College Program in pursuing its environmental literacy and workforce development goals by sponsoring continuing legal education programs and other professional workshops and symposiums and training law students in the field of ocean and coastal law.
Healthy coastal ecosystems are the foundation for life along the coast. Sea Grant is a leader in regional approaches to understanding and maintaining healthy ecosystems, with planning efforts underway across the country to identify information gaps, set research priorities, and coordinate information and technology transfer to those who need it.
Coastal communities in the United States provide vital economic, social and recreational opportunities for millions of Americans. The National Sea Grant Law Center provides legal research, outreach, and education to support the development of resilient coastal communities that sustain diverse and vibrant economies, effectively respond to and mitigate hazards, and function within the limits of their ecosystem.
Although seafood consumption is on the rise, the U.S. has witnessed the decline of many of its major fisheries, resulting in a seafood trade deficit of $8 billion per year, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service statistics. As international trade increases and fish diseases and contamination become bigger problems, seafood safety is a growing concern. In its strategic plan, Sea Grant identified key roles to play in advancing public understanding of the nature of these problems and opportunities.