Restore Funding for Sea Grant!
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This past Friday (March 3rd, 2017), the White House proposed eliminating the National Sea Grant College Program as part of a substantial cut to the funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Sea Grant is a joint federal-state investment that contributes to the economic health of communities along the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes coasts. It yields quantifiable economic, social and environmental benefits at the national, regional, state and local levels.
Ninety-five (95) percent of the Sea Grant funding goes to state programs, where it is used to conduct research, carry out extension and outreach activities, and deliver valuable services to the nation. For 50 years, Sea Grant has been at the forefront of creating economic opportunities, enhancing food and water security, and reducing risks from natural hazards and extreme events facing coastal communities through research and outreach efforts. Sea Grant is user-driven and university-based, and fully engaged with regional, state, and local organizations.
In fiscal year 2015-16 alone, Sea Grant used its $67.3 million federal appropriation to generate an estimated $575 million in economic impacts around the country; created or sustained nearly 21,000 jobs and almost 3,000 businesses; helped 534 coastal communities implement sustainable development practices or policies so they are more resilient to hazards like flooding and hurricanes; and helped more than 40,000 fishermen adopt sustainable harvesting techniques.
Sea Grant is a key partner in
- developing sufficient capabilities to sustain ocean-based economies;
- growing our marine food sector;
- diversifying our energy sources;
- protecting critical ocean and coastal infrastructure and related natural resources;
- and training the next generation of scientists, managers, and stakeholders.
These are all necessary components of a more resilient ocean, coastal and Great Lakes enterprise.
Please sign and share this petition calling on the U.S. Congress to restore funding for the National Sea Grant College Program. Sea Grant Makes A Difference!
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