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9/1/04

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NOAA AWARDS MORE THAN $2.8 MILLION TO THE SEWARD ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF MARINE SCIENCE TO PERFORM OCEANIC RESEARCH

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration granted $2,830,075 to the Seward Association for the Advancement of Marine Science for the North Pacific Research Board. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The grant will support a comprehensive science program to conduct research activities on or relating to the fisheries or marine ecosystems in the North Pacific Ocean, Bering Sea and the Arctic Ocean. It will put a priority on cooperative research efforts designed to address pressing fishery management and marine ecosystem information needs. Projects within this program include science planning, prioritizing fishery management, conducting various research programs, making information more publicly available and increasing public involvement.

“Funding from this NOAA grant will allow us to make new discoveries in the North Pacific, Bering Sea and the Arctic Ocean,” 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 regional ocean exploration initiatives like the Seward Association for the Advancement of Marine Science.”

The Seward Association for Advancement of Marine Science is a non-profit corporation and established the Alaska SeaLife Center. The SeaLife Center is a marine science facility dedicated to understanding and maintaining the integrity of the marine ecosystem of Alaska through research, rehabilitation and public education.

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.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. To learn more about NOAA, please visit http://www.noaa.gov.

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