Fisheries and People Sea Grant celebrates the people behind the catch.

Fisheries is an integral part of the U.S. economy and is woven into many coastal communities. While up to 90% of seafood is currently imported into the U.S., Sea Grant works to support U.S. fisheries by connecting people with locally harvested bounty and by supporting those who provide it.

Scientists and Fishermen

Sea Grant-funded scientists partner with fishermen and women to answer questions about everything from fishing gear to changing ocean chemistry. The local and/or traditional knowledge held by fishermen and women, born from sea and shore, and knowledge gained via modern scientific methods, are different—and often complementary and parallel—ways of knowing.

In Georgia, scientists and fishermen team up to study black gill, a condition affecting local shrimp populations.

In Washington, researchers partner with tribes to study the social & ecological vulnerabilities of ocean acidification, particularly on economically- and culturally-important shellfish.

In North Carolina, a scientist and fishermen team up to study fisheries habitat. The collaboration has resulted in both answers for the scientists and business enhancements for the fishermen.

Photo: Georgia Sea Grant

Daily Catch

Sea Grant coordinates efforts and events to connect seafood consumers with the locally-based fishermen and aquaculture farmers providing their food. Direct and local marketing efforts help local seafood providers find a niche in the overall market.

The Sea Grant Law Center conducts research on alternatives to traditional seafood marketing & distribution chains. This information, provided through a direct marketing guide, gives local seafood providers a tool to understand alternatives.

Oregon Sea Grant demystifies the seafood-buying process during their Shop the Dock tours, which connect buyers with fishermen and women. Participants learn what's in season, how it’s caught & whether it’s sustainable.

Sea Grant programs in Louisiana, Washington, and many other coastal states coordinate and participate in festival-markets to celebrate local fisheries and seafood.

Photo: Hannah O'Leary for Oregon Sea Grant

Understanding Change and Perspectives

Sea Grant supports research to understand how fishing communities and areas are changing. Research informs efforts to preserve traditions and help communities adapt.

In Alaska, social scientists are studying the "graying of the fleet" and identifying barriers to young fishermen and women trying to enter the industry. The study informs the Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit, which is held in support of early career fishermen and women.

In Maine, Sea Grant facilitates conversations among the many and diverse users of working waterfronts in an effort to support the traditional economic hubs in coastal towns.

In Minnesota, Sea Grant brings together aquaculture experts and local interests to learn and exchange ideas about an industry poised to grow in the region.

Photo: Alaska Sea Grant

October is National Seafood Month.

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Learn more about Sea Grant's work to support sustainable seafood and aquaculture at seagrant.noaa.gov/Our-Work/SFA.

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Cover photo: Tiffany Woods, Oregon Sea Grant

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