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Maine Sea Grant


Maine Sea Grant College Program

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In June, 2005, Maine Sea Grant hosted “Sea Grant Week 2005: Rising to Tomorrow’s Coastal Challenges.” This very successful conference brought over 300 participants from all Sea Grant programs to the Samoset Resort in Rockland, Maine, where plenary and breakout sessions provided opportunities for collective learning and collaborative problem solving. Reviews of the event were very positive. The Maine Sea Grant program took on this activity with existing staff capacity while also conducting the periodic research competition and other program activities. Beginning in January 2005, Maine Sea Grant director, Paul Anderson, started his two-year term as president-elect of the national Sea Grant Association. During this term, the National Academy of Sciences conducted a review of the Performance Assessment Team process and SGA leadership was involved in an effort to enhance the relationships of the various networks within the Sea Grant enterprise.

Also during this reporting period, Maine Sea Grant prepared a new four-year strategic plan, “Setting the Course: from Discovery to Action (2006-2010)” in preparation for our PAT review that was conducted in April 2006. Although the PAT site visit took place after this reporting period, the preparations required more than six months of significant effort by all staff members. In February 2006, the Maine Sea Grant program moved to a new on-campus location at the University of Maine. Newly renovated space was prepared that allowed the program to move out of historic Coburn Hall where the Sea Grant program had been housed for nearly 26 years.


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