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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut


February 14, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC --- Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced that Connecticut Sea Grant (CTSG) has been awarded $216,300 in federal funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). CTSG is based at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus in Groton.

“Connecticut Sea Grant has been assisting local shellfish farmers, fishermen, and maritime conservation efforts across the Long Island Sound for fifty-years,” said Courtney. “They handle everything from connecting aquaculture producers to communities to jumpstarting fisheries. Sea Grant is a vital part of our region’s maritime economy and I am very glad that we were able to help Connecticut Sea Grant obtain this critical funding. 

Sylvain De Guise, director of the CTSG College Program, said “We are grateful for Congressman Courtney’s efforts from the local to the national scale to recognize the value of Sea Grant for a diversity of stakeholders, and his continued support for the program. In these tumultuous times in DC, the first infusion of funds from NOAA will directly go towards services for those who have come to expect Sea Grant support.” 

The full grant announcement can be viewed here. 

Sea Grant is a national network comprised of 33 Sea Grant programs based at flagship universities in coastal and Great Lake states throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The National Sea Grant College Program encourages the wise stewardship of our marine resources through research, education, outreach and technology transfer. The Program is focused on making the United States the world leader in marine research and the sustainable development of marine resources. 

CTSG is funded principally through the NOAA, with matching funds from the State of Connecticut, through the University of Connecticut. The program has three focuses: research, outreach, and education. Outreach efforts include the CTSG Extension Program and its Communications Program. The program also has an administrative staff committed to promoting understanding of the Sea Grant mission. 

Last year, Courtney and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) led a bipartisan group of 95 members of the House of Representatives in calling on the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies to continue their support for the National Sea Grant College Program for the 2018 Fiscal Year.