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About Ohio Sea Grant

For more than 30 years, Ohio Sea Grant has worked with the Lake Erie community to solve the region's most important environmental and economic issues

What is Ohio Sea Grant?

For more than 30 years, Ohio Sea Grant has worked to protect the environment of Lake Erie and the Great Lakes. With a strong combination of research, education and outreach efforts, as well as partnerships with academia, governmental agencies and the private sector, Ohio Sea Grant works with the Lake Erie community to solve the region’s most important environmental and economic issues.

Stone Laboratory, Ohio Sea Grant’s education and outreach facility on Lake Erie, serves scientists from across the Great Lakes region, offering lab facilities, field work equipment, research vessels and housing for researchers studying Lake Erie.

Together, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab provide the science behind informed policy and management decisions on science education, the Lake Erie ecosystem and its economic impact on the region.

Ohio Sea Grant, located at Ohio State University’s Columbus campus, is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 33 Sea Grant Programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources.

Strategic Plans & Program Reports

Ohio Sea Grant’s Strategic Plan is based on the National Sea Grant Office’s four focus areas (Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Resilient Communities and Economies, Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development) to demonstrate how Ohio Sea Grant addresses both local needs and national priorities. The plan is updated every five years.


33 Sea Grant Programs across the United States

5 Extension agents along the Lake Erie shore

65 Researchers from 12 universities and agencies

200+ Stone Lab summer students every year

6000+ Field trip students every year

4 Research vessels

A History of Everything

July 2012
Stone Laboratory

First floor renovations are completed in the Research Building and Stone Lab and used by students during the summer session, roofs on four buildings are replaced, the Gibraltar docks are dredged, drainage trench at Research Building is repaired, attic windows and AC are replaced at the Lighthouse, and sidewalks are repaired on Gibraltar Island.

Stone Laboratory’s greening initiative gets a major boost as solar thermal is applied to the roof of the Dining Hall (March), 12 KW of solar panels are added to a new pavilion built where the sand filters for sewage treatment had been (June), all toilets and shower heads are replaced with low-flow units, and all out board motors are replaced with 4-cycle engines.

June 2012
Summer Courses

Stone Laboratory adopts the university wide Semesters.

Quarter to semester transition is completed and all courses are offered for semester credit.

31 May 2012
Staff Retirements

Extension Specialist, Dave Kelch, retires on 31 May 2012 after more than 30 years of service.

10 February 2012

The Rudolph Family Endowment Fund is created on 10 February 2012.

10 February 2004

The Rudolph Family Endowment Fund is created on 10 February 2012.