Mission and vision

Michigan’s Great Lakes coasts are not just beautiful — they are dynamic ecosystems home to many species of fish, birds, plants, and other wildlife in a wide variety of habitat types. A large boating community, commercial and recreational fisheries, and rapid development along Michigan’s coasts all present opportunities and challenges for the ecosystem. Michigan Sea Grant works to keep balance in the Great Lakes by supporting research, education, and outreach.

Charrette Visioning Design research project


Michigan Sea Grant supports research, outreach, and education to enhance sustainable use of Great Lakes resources, benefiting the environment, the quality of life, and the Michigan, Great Lakes, and national economy.

Sturgeon Point Lighthouse


Our vision is healthy and sustainable Great Lakes resources achieved through an integrated program that engages universities and public and private sectors.

Operating principles

  • Strategic input and feedback: Michigan Sea Grant routinely seeks input and feedback from external advisers. The program uses both formal and informal advisory structures that are program-based, agent-based, or issue-based. The primary source of formal advice is the advisory committee; however, advisory groups are also formed for specific program and project needs.
  • Open competition and peer review: Support for research is available to all qualified, university-based researchers in Michigan. Every two years, Michigan Sea Grant solicits proposals relevant to our strategic plan. Projects are selected for funding based on rigorous peer-review and ranking by a panel of independent scientific and technical experts.
  • Build consensus: Michigan Sea Grant interacts with a broad range of Great Lakes stakeholders. Because of the complexity of issues that surround coastal resources, stakeholders sometimes disagree. Sea Grant specialists work to bring these groups together to find common ground. An engaged constituency that puts aside individual interests while working on common goals is more effective.
  • Include everyone: Michigan Sea Grant recognizes the need to have its programs represent and reach all Michigan citizens. To this end, research, outreach, and education programs make special efforts to include non-traditional audiences.