About Us

Wisconsin Sea Grant is a statewide program of basic and applied research, education, and outreach and technology transfer dedicated to the stewardship and sustainable use of the nation's Great Lakes and ocean resources.

Headquartered at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the institute is housed in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education's Aquatic Sciences Center. Wisconsin Sea Grant is part of a national network of 33 university-based programs funded through the National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , U.S. Department of Commerce, and through matching contributions from participating states and the private sector.




A Special Message From the Director of Wisconsin Sea Grant
Wisconsin Sea Grant has provided service to coastal communities in this state for 49 years. Sea Grant has funded research and translated that research for fishermen, local planners, businesses and many others to foster sustainable practices and use of Great Lakes resources. Now, the administration in Washington wants to eliminate the program. Consider learning more and taking action.   Read more...


2014-17 Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program Strategic Plan
Wisconsin Sea Grant is guided by a 2014-17 Strategic Plan outlining its approach to basic and applied research, education, and outreach and technology transfer dedicated to the stewardship and sustainable use of the nation's Great Lakes and ocean resources.

2014-17 Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program Work Plan
The 2014-17 Communications and Advisory Services Work Plan provides an outline on how to deliver information to coastal constituents in the Great Lakes Basin.

2014-17 National Sea Grant College Program Strategic Plan
The 2014-17 National Sea Grant College Program Strategic Plan provides overall guidance to Wisconsin Sea Grant.


Management Team Biographies
A five-person team leads Wisconsin Sea Grant.

Advisory Council

The Wisconsin Sea Grant Advisory Council provides policy guidance within established institutional goals, approves the overall program plan and budget, and participates in program planning.


Advisory Committee on Outreach and Education

The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Committee on Outreach and Education was formed to provide additional guidance on the direction of the program's outreach, education and communications efforts. 


Mission and Vision Statements

Wisconsin Sea Grant Mission Statement
Here is the Wisconsin Sea Grant narrative on why it exists -- its mission statement. Read more...

Wisconsin Sea Grant Vision Statement
Here is the vision for Wisconsin Sea Grant as it enters the second decade of a new century. Read more...

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Your Support Matters

Through the Wisconsin Sea Grant and Water Resources Institute Fund, you play a direct role in safeguarding and sustainably using Wisconsin's aquatic treasures. Tax-deductible gifts made to this fund support multidisciplinary research, education and outreach.


Facts About Wisconsin Sea Grant

By the Numbers
A March 2017 fact sheet provides specifics on Wisconsin Sea Grant's impact in the state. There are numbers drawn from the most-recent reporting years of 2014-16, as well as some concise examples of individual projects.  Read more...

2014-16 Sea Grant Biennial Report
Two years can be a long time in the life of any organization. At Wisconsin Sea Grant, staff members made the most of it as they fostered research and then applied that research in communities across the state to aid economies and ecosystems, and foster preparedness and hazard mitigation.  Read more...

National Sea Grant Report
The 33 programs of the National Sea Grant College Program make their mark on this country's coastlines. This report chronicles the impact of that work.  Read more...

Quick Facts
Explore some Wisconsin Sea Grant facts and milestones.

Partners and Collaborators
The work of Wisconsin Sea Grant scientists and staff is closely connected to the needs of government, industry and citizens at the local, state, regional, national and international levels. The work is done with myriad collaborators. Read more...

Wisconsin Sea Grant staff have been recognized for their accomplishments. The program's publications and websites have also received notice. Read more...

Founded in 1968, the Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program is one of 33 Sea Grant Programs in the U.S. Located in coastal areas, Sea Grant, much like its Land Grant counterparts, harnesses the academic strengths of  the nation's leading universities. Read more...

Speakers Bureau

Looking for a Speaker?

Our staff members are willing to deliver public presentations on Great Lakes topics. Email Moira Harrington or call (608) 263-5371 for assistance on arranging talks.

Research and Outreach

2016-18 Research and Outreach Projects
Wisconsin Sea Grant provides science for the sustainable use of Great Lakes resources. The 2016-18 research, education and outreach projects embody that work. Read more...

Publications Store

Visit, Learn and Go
This Sea Grant Online Publications Store features books, brochures, fact sheets, posters, reports and other handy and informative material. Read more...

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy
Wisconsin Sea Grant is committed to protecting the privacy and security of its online visitors. This policy statement provides our visitors (including children, parents, and teachers) with an overview of the measures we have taken to provide a safe environment for everyone. Read more...