California Sea Grant College Program

California's spectacular and diverse coastal resources provide recreation and livelihoods for thousands of people each year. California Sea Grant sponsors marine research, extension services, and education activities to support the management, conservation, and enhancement of those resources for the benefit of current and future generations. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about California's coastal resources and our programs.

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.

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.

Extension – Through its Sea Grant Extension Program, CASG provides solutions to high-priority coastal and marine issues by applying research-based information through diverse methods ranging from mission-oriented research to one-on-one contact. Seven Marine Advisors are located at marine institutions along the California coast and at UC Davis and provide a direct link for two-way communication between the university, industry and the public.

Communications – Through its Communications Office, CASG provides science-based information developed in its research and extension efforts to industry, government and the public.

Education – CASG supports graduate education by funding trainees to work with its funded scientists and engineers on a wide range of topics at public and private institutions throughout the state. The program also supports a wide range of fellowships.

Further information on any of these projects is available by contacting the California Sea Grant offices or visiting the research pages of this website.

Read a brief history of California Sea Grant that appeared in the Journal of Oceanography.

Information about the Ritter House.

California Sea Grant College Logos

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California Sea Grant College Program
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, Dept. 0232
La Jolla, California 92093-0232

Delivery address (for FedEx, UPS, etc)
California Sea Grant
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
8670 Kennel Way (Old Director's House)
La Jolla, CA 92037

Phone: (858) 534-4446
Fax: (858) 534-2231

Staff Information

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