California Sea Grant


California Sea Grant (CASG) is one of 33 state programs funded by the National Sea Grant College Program, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Matching funds come from the states and private sources. California Sea Grant is administered by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.

Our mission

We serve the communities, industries and people of California and the nation through research, education and outreach by applying scientific knowledge to real-world issues affecting our valuable coastal communities and resources.

Our core values

Environmental stewardship Long-term social and economic sustainability Responsible use of California's natural resources

What we do

  • Identify emerging marine resource challenges and opportunities
  • Conduct applied research to address challenges
  • Collaborate with other academics, businesses, nonprofit organizations, resource managers, citizen scientists and students, among others
  • Translate and share discovery with everyone at the table

Focal areas

  • Climate change and coastal ecosystems
  • Coastal and aquatic invasive species
  • Endangered salmon recovery
  • Fisheries & aquaculture
  • Ecosystem-based management
  • Marine habitat protection
  • Socioeconomic factors affecting the well-being of coastal communities
  • Water quality and watershed health
Adaptation Work

Research – Through the peer-reviewed research it sponsors, CASG contributes to the growing body of knowledge about coastal and marine resources and helps solve contemporary marine-related problems. In addition to core research funded through NOAA Sea Grant, CASG has partnerships with the California Ocean Protection Council, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Marine Protected Areas Program, and the Delta Stewardship Council to administer peer-reviewed research grants and fellowships of mutual interest to the partner organizations.