The University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program will receive more than $1 million in federal funding to support ongoing coastal and marine research, extension, and outreach projects in Hawai‘i. Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced the program which will be administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); the Sea Grant College Program operates through partnerships between NOAA and university-based systems in 33 coastal states throughout the U.S.
“As an island state, Hawai‘i’s livelihood is reliant on the health and resilience of our coastal and marine ecosystems,” Hirono said. “Research and conservation efforts conducted by Hawai‘i Sea Grant play a critical role in addressing ongoing and future coastal and marine resource issues facing our state. I remain committed to protecting core research and extension programs, like Sea Grant…”
“Federal funding is critical to Sea Grant’s federal-state partnership in connecting the university enterprise to community needs,” said Darren Lerner, Director of the UH Sea Grant College Program. “Without the historic and continuing support of Senator Hirono and the Hawai‘i delegation, our ability to magnify our federal funding 2–4 times its original value, to provide research, education and outreach in service to the people of Hawai‘i and the Pacific, would be lost.”