UOG Sea Grant Program receives $100K annual increase

SEA GRANT WEEK: The University of Guam attends Sea Grant Week 2018, where the National Sea Grant College Program’s leadership announced a $100,000 annual increase in funding for the UOG Sea Grant Program, in Portland, Ore. From left: Rebecca Elmore, UOG science communicator; Philip Cruz, UOG sustainability coordinator; Fran Castro, UOG Sea Grant Program leader; Cathleen Moore-Linn, executive director of the Research Corporation of the University of Guam; Austin Shelton, director of the UOG Sea Grant Program; Jonathan Pennock, director of the National Sea Grant College Program; Joshua E. Brown, program officer for Guam at the National Sea Grant College Program; and Nikola M. Garber, deputy director of the National Sea Grant Program. Photo courtesy of the UOG Sea Grant Program

The National Sea Grant College Program has announced a $100,000 annual increase in funding for the University of Guam.

In a release announcing the grant, Austin Shelton, the director of the UOG Sea Grant Program, said, “The additional funds will allow our program to support research and education that improves the health of coastal ecosystems and promotes environmental literacy and workforce development.”

Shelton told The Guam Daily Post that with the $100,000 increase, UOG's total annual funding from the National Sea Grant College Program will now be $325,000.

UOG receives Sea Grant funding in four, four-year Omnibus grant cycles from the National Sea Grant Program and the total grant for the years 2018 to 2022 is now $1.3 million, Shelton said.

“UOG Sea Grant is an important program at UOG that brings science to our community and improves the management of our natural resources,” UOG President Thomas Krise stated in the release.

The National Sea Grant College Program is a partnership between universities and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It includes a network of more than 3,000 scientists, engineers, public outreach experts, educators and students.

Locally, the UOG Sea Grant program supports research on the environmental conditions of coastal resources and provides funding for science-based courses and workshops on current coastal issues.

The increased funding for the UOG Sea Grant Program was announced during the 2018 National Sea Grant Week conference, held in September in Portland, Oregon.