WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) has been awarded $567,776 for research, extension and education programs on coastal issues. NJSGC will also receive an additional $333,281 in non-federal matching funds. Sea Grant is a nationwide network administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of 33 programs based at top research universities that help build resilient coastal communities.
“This funding for research and education at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is good news for our coastal communities, especially after the devastating impact Superstorm Sandy had on our region,” said Pallone. “NJSGC conducts great ocean science research, and its work helps us better understand our marine environment, so that we can mitigate adverse effects of disasters like Sandy on our economy and ecosystem.”
NJSGC is headquartered in the Sixth District on Sandy Hook, a unit of Gateway National Recreation Area that falls under the National Park Service’s (NPS) jurisdiction. NJSGC conducts research and hosts educational programs to further understanding of the state’s marine and coastal environment.
NJSGC’s research and education initiatives that will benefit from this grant include facilitating natural dune building to help protect inland areas from future storms; understanding the impacts of climate change on the distribution and management of summer flounder throughout the Mid-Atlantic; and providing educational resources to help New Jersey’s residents and visitors better understand and appreciate the state’s coastal environment.