Whether presenting marine science in classrooms, exhibiting at public events, or conducting cooperative research with the fishing industry, the School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST) professors, staff and students work collaboratively to fulfill the school's public engagement mandate.
As part of its ongoing outreach effort, SMAST maintains a public presence at trade shows, professional meetings, and other events with a marine theme—Ocean Sciences Meeting, National Marine Educators Conference—and students play a major role.
SMAST partners with the following organizations:
Intercampus Marine Science (IMS) program
The University of Massachusetts Intercampus Marine Science Graduate Program comprises courses and option areas from five diverse campuses and twenty-three departments. The program offers diverse academic programs across traditional disciplines and combines quality graduate education with fostering research and public service in support of the Commonwealth’s efforts.
Cooperative Institute for the North Atlantic Region (CINAR)
The mission of CINAR is to conduct and coordinate cutting-edge research engaging both NOAA and academic scientists to enable informed decisions by NOAA for sustainable and beneficial management of the northwestern Atlantic shelf ecosystem.
Quest Virtual Institute
The Quantitative Ecology and Socioeconomic Training (QUEST) program was initiated by NOAA Fisheries to enhance education and training for the next generation of stock assessment scientist, ecosystem scientists, and economists. All three career fields are mission critical for NOAA fisheries and effective living marine resource management.
Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Institute
The Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Institute (MFI) addresses critical issues related to Massachusetts fisheries and fishing communities. MFI fosters a cooperative working relationship among scientists, government, fishermen, and environmentalists.
NEOSEC is a robust network and collaborates in a spirit of inclusiveness, tapping into the wealth of ocean resources in the region. NEOSEC’s mission and collective purpose are to leverage New England’s extraordinary assets, to engage the public in understanding the vital connections between people and the ocean.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS)mission is to seek, discover, share and apply knowledge and understanding of our coastal ocean. MARACOOS covers the region from Cape Cod, MA to Cape Hatteras, NC for U.S. IOOS.
The Northeast Coastal Ocean Forecast System (NECOFS) is an integrated atmosphere-ocean model forecast system designed for the northeast US coastal region covering a computational domain from the south of Long-Island Sound to the north of the Nova Scotian Shelf.
Bycatch Avoidance Programs
The Bycatch Avoidance program uses near real-time communications with fishing vessels to determine the location of bycatch hotspots to assist scallopers harvest their target scallop allocation without triggering bycatch closures. The program, run by SMAST, was started in 2010.
Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative
The New England Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) is a nonprofit corporation that educates and involves all stakeholders (Academic, industry, governmental/regulatory, and public interest groups) to promote the sustainable development of renewable energy in New England ocean waters.
Westport River Watershed Alliance
SMAST researchers have partnered with the Westport River Watershed Alliance to determine whether the development of oyster colonies can restore estuaries and salt ponds endangered by high nitrogen levels. The initiative, led by Dr. Brian Howes and Dr. Roland Samimy at SMAST’s Coastal Systems Program, is part of a program to protect southeast New England coastal watersheds through innovative “soft solutions.”