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7/1/05
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NOAA AWARDS MORE THAN $1.5 MILLION TO VIRGINIA SEA GRANT
Grant Supports Southeastern Ocean and Coastal Regions

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a $1,568,300 grant to the Virginia Graduate Marine Science Consortium to fund programs and research by Virginia Sea Grant.

Virginia Sea Grant facilitates research, educational and advisory activities that promote sustainable management of the state's marine resources. With 5,000 miles of Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean shorelines, the Commonwealth of Virginia hosts a wide diversity of living and non-living marine resources. Research projects will address a broad range of issues including aquaculture, marine biotechnology, seafood processing, the development of marine products, fisheries recruitment and conservation, estuarine processes, marine education, and marine policy. The goal is to define local and regional problems and work to resolve them, as well as to provide impartial information to marine resource users everywhere.

“The Chesapeake Bay watershed in Virginia is part of one of the fastest growing areas in the United States,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “The complex needs and concerns created by this population growth are enormous, and it is crucial that experts have the resources that they need to make informed decisions regarding ocean and coastal areas.”

The Virginia 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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