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NOAA AWARDS NEARLY $2 MILLION TO WISCONSIN SEA GRANT
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a $1,959,200 grant to the Regents of the University of Wisconsin to fund programs and research by the Wisconsin Sea Grant Program.
The omnibus grant through NOAA’s Sea Grant College Program will focus on research, education and outreach relating to marine sciences in Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region. Specific programs will emphasize aquaculture and seafood technology, biotechnology, estuarine and coastal processes, living resources, microcontaminants and water quality, policy studies and diver safety.
“The Great Lakes community, including Wisconsin, relies heavily on its marine resources as a major part of its economy,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “This NOAA grant will ensure that decision makers will have the necessary information to best manage marine issues in Wisconsin through research, extension and educational activities.”
The University of Wisconsin 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 coastal and Great Lakes needs. 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 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. Department of Commerce, 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.