Saturday, September 26, 2020

NOAA Awards Millions Of Dollars In Grants To Clean Up Marine Debris

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The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced that is has awarded grants to 14 projects aimed at reducing the harmful effects of marine debris on the environment.

NOAA has awarded the projects a total of US$2.7 million (~2.5 million Euros). The grants are part of a broader effort with many grants being matched by non-governmental sources, which brought the total funding granted to projects to $5.2 million (~4.7 million Euros).

According to the NOAA deputy administrator, retired Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet:

“Marine debris removal and research efforts have both immediate and long-term benefits for local communities, regional interests, and the American Blue Economy. Marine debris is a pervasive national and global challenge, and NOAA is proud to support these projects to protect and better understand the impact of marine debris on our coastal habitats, waterways and wildlife.”

The 14 projects were selected from 82 programs, and while 10 projects will receive $1.5 million (~1.4 million Euros) between them, four projects have been awarded an impressive $1.2 million (~1.1 million Euros). The projects have conducted events and research across the USS from Alaska to New York.

You can find out more information here.

SourceNOAA.gov
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Sam Helmyhttps://www.deeperblue.com
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