North Carolina Sea Grant provides research, education and outreach opportunities relating to current issues affecting the North Carolina coast and its communities. As part of a national network of Sea Grant programs, we align our focus with national goals set by the National Sea Grant College Program.

We facilitate funding of millions of state and federal dollars to conduct university-based research, outreach and education programs each year. Our initiatives and projects touch a broad range of topics, outlined in Program Areas.

This research fuels outreach and education programs that promote discovery, learning, new research and awareness across the state and the nation.


Through research, outreach and education programs, North Carolina Sea Grant provides unbiased, science-based information to enhance the sustainable use and conservation of ocean and coastal resources to benefit communities, the economy and the environment.


North Carolina Sea Grant will, in the 21st century, serve as a leader in addressing the state’s urgent and emerging needs in ocean and coastal resource management, and in the successful transition to ecosystem-based approaches through sound science and educational excellence.

Strategic Plan

North Carolina Sea Grant’s updated 2018-2023 Strategic Plan addresses how we will meet the goals set at the national level with what we do in the state. We also provide specific returns on investments on the federal and state funding we receive.