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$1 million secured for Sea Grant College

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, announced that the University of Hawaii’s Sea Grant College Program will receive over $1 million in federal funding to support ongoing coastal and marine research, extension, and outreach projects in Hawaii.

Administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 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, Hawaii’s livelihood is reliant on the health and resilience of our coastal and marine ecosystems,” Hirono said.

In 2015, Hawaii Sea Grant activities resulted in the restoration of 426 acres of coastal habitat, the use of ecosystem-based approaches by 130 resources managers, 37 communities implementing sustainable development practices and policies, and 70 trainings to improve coastal community resilience. Hawaii Sea Grant created or sustained 46 jobs, leveraged $4 million, educated over 140,000 K-12 students, and supported over 70 undergraduate and graduate students combined.

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