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Grant Supports Gulf of Mexico Coastal Regions

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a $1,486,185 grant to Louisiana State University to fund programs and research by Louisiana Sea Grant.

This grant through NOAA’s Sea Grant College Program will focus on developing knowledge, technology, personnel, and public understanding to advance the sustainable and economically viable use of marine and coastal environments and resources. Specific research will emphasize fisheries, aquaculture, coastal and wetland resources, and seafood products. A key focus is the transfer of research-generated technology to the marketplace.

“The Louisiana shrimp industry comprises more than 50 percent of the Gulf of Mexico shrimp industry, making the coastal communities vital to the state’s economy,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “This grant will help ensure that experts have the resources that they need to make informed decisions regarding the ocean and coastal environments.”

The Louisiana State University Sea Grant Program is one of 30 National Sea Grant College Programs. Created by Congress in 1966, Sea Grant combines university, government, business and industry expertise to address marine, coastal and Great Lakes issues. By serving as a gateway to relevant and reliable scientific information, Sea Grant helps assure that individuals can make informed choices about their use and stewardship of marine and coastal resources.

Each year, NOAA awards approximately $900 million in grants to members of the academic, scientific, education, 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 goals and programs reflect a commitment to these basic responsibilities of science and service to the nation for the past 35 years.

NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, 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.

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