its establishment in 1968, Louisiana Sea Grant College Program
has worked to promote stewardship of the state’s coastal
resources through a combination of research, education and outreach
programs critical to the cultural, economic and environmental
health of Louisiana’s coastal zone.
Sea Grant, based at Louisiana State University, is part of the
National Sea Grant Program, a network made up of 32 programs located
in each of the coastal and Great Lakes states and Puerto Rico.
Sea Grant Programs work individually and in partnership to address
major marine and coastal challenges.
is Sea Grant? Congress established the National
Sea Grant College Program, now administered by the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in 1966. The term
“Sea Grant” was selected to underscore the similarity
between this new program, focused on national coastal and marine
resources, and the Land Grant program created more than a century
earlier to develop agricultural resources.
LSU was designated
the nation’s thirteenth Sea Grant College in 1978. And in
2007, the Program received a Category 1 rating – the highest
level of performance – after an evaluation conducted by
the National Sea Grant Review Panel.