Estuarine research gets federal money

KANEOHE BAY, OAHU — More than $600,000 in federal money is going toward the protection of coastal resources in Hawaii, thanks to a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Heeia National Estuarine Research Reserve, located within the Kaneohe Bay estuary on Oahu, will receive $673,000 in grant money according to a Wednesday announcement from Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii.

“Estuarine reserves serve a vital role in providing researchers and natural resource managers with the knowledge and tools to effectively protect valuable coastal resources for communities in Hawaii and across the nation,” Hirono said.

The reserve is managed by the state, in partnership with University of Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, and NOAA, with the goal of promoting the cultural traditions and stewardship of Hawaii’s coasts and estuaries through innovative research, education, and training.


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