Through its Extension program, Sea Grant reaches out to Maryland — to its citizens, community and government leaders, and industries. Our experts travel to towns and cities across the state where we work with Marylanders regularly to help them respond to environmental and social changes.
Our goal is to foster viable communities with economies that are built to last. And to help those communities live sustainably within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Our Extension specialists focus on finding practical solutions to problems that affect Marylanders. We help communities improve the quality of their water. We assist seafood businesses with developing new and profitable products. We draw on the best scientific research and analyses available to inform the sound conservation and business practices we share.
Maryland Sea Grant’s Extension specialists and agents are experts in a wide variety of fields. Those include aquaculture, business, food safety, and watershed restoration. We facilitate workshops and training seminars, produce publications, and conduct applied research that can help solve practical problems. You can learn more about our work across these six areas:
- Coastal Planning and Land Use: Helping communities plan for development, flooding, and climate change
- Economics: Economic analyses of the potential impacts of environmental policies and other decisions in Maryland
- Fisheries: Oyster aquaculture and restoration, blue crabs, ecosystem based fisheries management, and more
- Seafood Industry: Technology for the seafood industry, food safety, more
- Water Issues: Watershed protection, algae control, stormwater management, and more
Some of our recent successes include:
- Working with coastal communities in Maryland to help them prepare for sea level rise and coastal flooding.
- Helping to organize a pilot green jobs program for youth; read about the program in “A Garden of Opportunities for Cleansing Urban Storm Runoff.”
- Advising Maryland seafood processors on new methods for freezing crab meat; read about these methods in “Crab Processors Get High Tech.”
Maryland Sea Grant Extension is a partnership between Maryland Sea Grant and University of Maryland Extension. See a full list of our Extension staff members, by area of expertise.