Guam Sea Grant has announced that it is officially a Sea Grant Institutional Program.
The recently achieved status showcases the growth from the program’s previous status, Coherent Area Program status. Because Guam Sea Grant is officially an Institutional Program, they will be able to contribute to the national Sea Grant network more significantly.
As a Coherent Area Program, Guam Sea Grant encouraged activities with STEM and ecosystem-focused education around the United States territory of Guam. Funding for graduate student fellowships and education initiatives are among the many supported research endeavors the program supports.
In October 2021 the National Sea Grant Advisory Board conducted a two-week review. During the review, the board evaluated the program on select criteria, such as education and training, productivity, organization, continuity of high performance, and other select criteria.
In the spring of 2022, NOAA approved the University of Guam Sea Grant’s institutional designation.
“Guam Sea Grant has earned Sea Grant Institutional Program status by demonstrating excellence in research, education, and public service dedicated to the environmentally responsible management and development of Guam’s marine and coastal resources,” stated Jonathan Pennock, director of the National Sea Grant College Program.
A graduation ceremony will be hosted by UOG Sea Grant on August 11, at the UOG Field House, to celebrate the momentous achievement. After the ceremony, a community celebration will proceed with performances by TAJ, Joe Guam, and The Joe Dank Show. The celebration will not only have outreach tables but a chance to win a paddleboard as well.
“We are thankful to the National Sea Grant College Program for recognizing us as a trusted leader and partner in our community capable of executing effective programs relevant to local, regional, and national priorities,” said Austin Shelton, Ph.D., Guam Sea Grant director. “We look forward to celebrating this achievement with our community.”
Now among the 34 National Sea Grant College Programs, UOG is officially a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution.