New Sea Grant Consortium to Coordinate Research, Outreach Addressing Common Concerns in the Great Lakes Region
June 27, 2007. From Lake Superior in the west to Lake Ontario in the east, there are five Great Lakes. But there are seven Sea Grant Programs that serve the Great Lakes region and today they announce the formation of the Great Lakes Research and Outreach Consortium (GLROC). After three years in the making, this consortium is designed to foster communication, cooperation, coordination, and collaboration on research, education, and outreach projects that address regional problems and opportunities.
Such issues as water quality, invasive species and fisheries often cross state boundaries. The formation of a consortium among the seven Sea Grant programs will provide the means for any one of the seven programs to propose and develop projects for the entire region as well as accept and distribute funds to the other six programs.
“Sea Grant programs in the Great Lakes region already have a rich history of collaborating. Now with GLROC in place it will be even easier to coordinate their research, education, and outreach programs. Our current and future sponsors will be able to support Great Lakes regional work through all seven programs at the same time,” said Dr. Robert McGrath, Provost of Stony Brook University.
“Each of the lakes is bordered by several states and/or a Canadian province. The issues that affect each lake often affect the region as a whole and can best be addressed by coordinated programs carried out simultaneously. Our new consortium is specifically designed to foster that kind of relevant program,” said Dr. Jack Mattice, Director of New York Sea Grant.
The seven Sea Grant Programs in the Great Lakes region and the site of their administrative offices include:
Illinois/Indiana Sea Grant College Program, University of Illinois
Michigan Sea Grant College Program, University of Michigan
Minnesota Sea Grant College Program, University of Minnesota
New York Sea Grant College Program, Stony Brook University
Ohio Sea Grant College Program, The Ohio State University
Pennsylvania Sea Grant Program, Pennsylvania State University
Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sea Grant is the primary university-based program of the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), located in each coastal state, to promote better understanding, conservation and use of America’s coastal resources.
On the Web:
New York Sea Grant: http://www.nyseagrant.org
NOAA Sea Grant: http://www.seagrant.noaa.gov