NOAA and U.S. Coast Guard Sea Partners Explore Opportunities for Increasing Effectiveness of Coastal and Ocean Public Outreach Efforts
National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Sea Grant College Program, the National Ocean Service’s Communications and Education Division and NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program representatives recently met with staff from the U.S. Coast Guard Sea Partners Campaign to explore opportunities for increasing the effectiveness of coastal and ocean public outreach efforts. The Sea Partners staff has previously worked with NOAA on several issues, such as marine debris and coral conservation, and the campaign coordinator would like to build upon those activities to strengthen and expand the Sea Partners-NOAA partnership. Meeting participants shared information about their program activities and outreach efforts, and discussed ways to best get the word out to the public about the importance of coastal and marine resources and reducing impacts to the resources. Possibilities for working together include sharing speaking and training opportunities, scientific review of Sea Partners outreach and educational materials, helping each other with material distribution, and facilitating further connections in both agencies for working together. A number of concrete suggestions were made during the meeting, and it is anticipated that this will lead to new collaborative outreach and education activities.