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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has recommended over $1.5 million in Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program funding for six fisheries research projects in Maine.
The goal of the Saltonstall-Kennedy program is to fund projects that address the needs of fishing communities, optimize economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries and increase other opportunities to keep working waterfronts viable.
The program has recommended the following projects for funding; final approval is pending:
In a news release announcing the NOAA’s recommendations, U.S Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, characterized the projects as “key to the future of the Gulf of Maine and the thousands of Mainers who make their living from it.”
“Climate change and other factors are rapidly altering our oceans, the fisheries they support, and the communities that rely on them,” she said. “We need the best scientific information possible to respond to those changes, sustainably manage our resources, and find ways to move our coastal economy forward.”
Editor's note: This story has been updated to include Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education as one of the grant projects.
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