Maritime Affairs

The twin ports at Los Angeles and long Beach constitute the busiest seaport complex in the U.S. and close to 45% of all marine freight entering the country comes ashore through the two. While contributing to a vibrant economy with an estimated 960,000 jobs in the region directly or indirectly related to the goods movement system, nevertheless, movement of such massive volumes of goods also creates environmental impacts, mainly in degraded air quality and traffic congestion. USC Sea Grant promotes science and policy research addressing these challenges and assists the public and its policy makers to find an optimal balance between economic development and environmental protection. Moreover, Sea Grant outreach provides advice, analysis and science to the ports as they move forward with sustainable coastal development policies.

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Port Development
California has the strongest ocean economy in the nation. Its urban ports and harbors—primarily the twin Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles—are a central component of the region's economy and continue to accommodate the demand for goods...more
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Maritime Transportation
While seaports are more commonly the focus of our attention because of their economic as well as environmental impacts on the nation, USC Sea Grant is also invested in public education on the importance of our marine transportation system...more
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Maritime Security
Maritime security is an issue for all major seaports of the world. Because of the importance of the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to both the regional economy (25 million residents in southern California) and the national economy, securing the ports from both natural and anthropogenic disasters is a high priority....more
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City Dock Marine Laboratory
In late 2007, the Port of Los Angeles approached the Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI), a marine laboratory shared by a consortium of (at that time) 10 southern California universities including USC and proposed moving the lab from an isolated location in the Port to a more accessible and much larger facility...more