The Center for Maritime & Underwater Resource Management (CMURM) (pronounced: sea-merm) was organized in 1994 as a research and outreach unit of the Department of Park, Recreation and Tourism Resources at Michigan State University. The Center was reorganized in 2000 as a private, nonprofit corporation under the laws of the State of Michigan to better serve the needs of those involved in research, management, and development of maritime heritage and other coastal and underwater resources. CMURM provides services in applied archaeological and social research, scientific studies in management and development, and technology transfer to clients in industry, academia, and government. It encourages and facilitates the use of private-public partnerships in research, management, and development. Areas of specialization include historic shipwrecks, marine parks and protected areas, water-based recreation, coastal and heritage tourism, and scientific diving.