June 29, 2017
CT Green Guide

$470.5K for CT marine research

The federal government has awarded $470,500 to UConn-based nonprofit Connecticut Sea Grant, which conducts marine and coastal research in and around Long Island Sound, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney's office announced this week.

The funding for CTSG comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The nonprofit, housed at UConn's Avery Point campus in Groton, will use the money to continue its work, CTSG College Programs Director Sylvain De Guise said in a statement.

"This grant will directly support local researchers who will improve our understanding of key coastal and marine issues in our state, and enable our staff to continue to share objective, science-based information for the benefit of coastal communities, economies and ecosystems," De Guise sad. "Communities and businesses have come to rely on Sea Grant for issues ranging from supporting fisheries, growing shellfish, keeping ecosystems productive, and keeping coastal communities safe in view of less predictable weather patterns. Sea Grant is even helping the development of new businesses, such as kelp aquaculture."

CTSG, which also receives funding from UConn and the state, is currently researching nutrient and carbon fluxes through the sound, the effects of ocean acidification on plankton, and coastal wind and flood resilience, among other topics, according to its website.

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