Its purpose is to enhance marine research, exploitation and development, by facilitating the exchange of oceanographic data and information between participating UNESCO Member States, and by meeting the needs of users for data and information products.
The National Sea Grant Library (NSGL) is the digital library and official archive for NOAA Sea Grant documents. It is the only comprehensive collection of Sea Grant–funded documents from over 30 programs and projects across the country. This collection encompasses a wide variety of subjects, including oceanography, marine education, aquaculture, fisheries, aquatic nuisance species, coastal hazards, seafood safety, limnology, coastal zone management, marine recreation, and law.
The NSGL provides global access to over 22,000 full-text digital documents through the searchable publications database.