Maine Sea Grant College Program
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In 2007, the program leadership charged the staff with developing mechanisms to engage their stakeholders and the science community to improve the integration of science into management and to add value to the Sea Grant investment. This will be a long-term, multi-faceted effort that began with the planning of a Maine Sea Grant symposium in April 2008. The symposium brought together Sea Grant-supported researchers and outreach staff to highlight the outcomes of their projects and to identify synergy and opportunities to add value to those efforts. Attended by approximately 80 people, including many partners, the overwhelming consensus was that it provided a great opportunity for networking and many new ideas were germinated. Staff will be analyzing the outcomes of the symposium during a planning retreat in the summer of 2008 that will result in an engagement plan for the Marine Extension Team and the outreach component of the program. Aligning extension staff with research projects, as well as developing more opportunities for similar interactions, will be discussed.
Maine Sea Grant, "Maine Sea Grant Annual Report 2008" (2008). Maine Sea Grant Publications. 96.
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