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NOAA AWARDS MORE THAN $500,000 TO ALU LIKE, INC. TO TRAIN FISHERY OBSERVERS
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded a grant totaling $550,000 to Alu Like, Inc. to support fishery employment opportunities for Native Hawaiians. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The grant will
fund a project that will plan and carryout tasks that will benefit
native Hawaiians and other Pacific Island and Native American communities.
The immediate objectives are to broadcast information about regional
fisheries and related fields through job fairs and other outreach
tools to the native communities, and to provide training in ocean
and marine related employment. This program will prime the interests
of the Native Hawaiians and other eligible participants from the Pacific
Islands and Native American communities to consider possible employment
in ocean and marine related careers. Under the agreement between Alu
Like and the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Alu Like will
be responsible for the recruitment, screening, orientation and preparatory
training, while NOAA Fisheries will provide technical assistance and
guidance during the preparatory training, and will be responsible
for the official Observer training for certification.
“This program will allow Native Hawaiians to achieve economic self-sufficiency, while improving our nation’s fisheries,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “NOAA and the Bush Administration are working to improve the understanding of our environment and to strengthen local and regional employment initiatives like Alu Like, Inc.”
Each year, NOAA
awards approximately $900 million in grants to members of the academic,
scientific and business communities to assist the agency in fulfilling
its mission to study the Earth’s natural systems in order to
predict environmental change, manage ocean resources, protect life
and property, and provide decision makers with reliable scientific
information. NOAA’s goals and programs reflect a commitment
to these basic responsibilities of science and service to the nation
for the past 34 years.
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