WASHINGTON – The University of Rhode Island will receive $1.52 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Grant college program to continue its efforts in oceanic and cooperative fisheries research.
URI “has been a leader in ocean research and conservation and the Sea Grant program has been a vital resource in carrying out cooperative research, strengthening our coastal communities, and conserving our ocean resources,” Reed said, adding: “Rhode Island’s coastal habitat and fisheries are an essential part of our culture and heritage.”
NOAA’s Sea Grant college program helps finance nearly three dozen research, education and outreach programs at universities across the country that focus on the use and protection of coastal resources. Federal funding is matched by state and private money.
The URI program, at the university’s School of Oceanography, concentrates on coastal protection and sustainable fisheries.
“I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to ensure that the Sea Grant program receives the funding that it needs to continue its important work in Rhode Island and throughout the nation,” Reed said. He is a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, which oversees NOAA spending.