Craig McLean, acting assistant administrator, OAR:
To thrive in a changing NOAA, Sea Grant needs to be able to better articulate our connection to the new NOAA strategic goals (healthy oceans, resilient coastal communities and economics, a weather-ready nation, climate adaptation and mitigaton). Sea Grant is involved in all of these, but we need to “seize the opportunity” and make sure others know that.
He advises us:
- Keep reinforcing the message that SG is a national program.
- Take heed of the “strengthening science” aspect of NOAA’s goals. We’re in a position to help do that.
- Maintain the strong alignment among Sea Grant programs, the national office, the SGA and the SGA board.
- Continue to strengthen evaluation. “What are we buying for the money we’re spending is increasingly important at the national level.”
McLean said Sea Grant has a role to play in the OAR’s focus for the coming years, including such focus areas as:
- Ocean acidification.
- Alternative energy solutions
- Spatial planning (“if ever there was an analytical integrator, it’s the people who are living right there on the ground – and that’s Sea Grant.”