Monday, May 27, 2024

Ocean Exploration Education Grants Announced By National Marine Sanctuary Foundation


The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and NOAA Ocean Exploration have announced seven new mini-grants aimed at promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Grants awarded to underserved and underrepresented communities include:

  • Black in Marine Science.
  • Mystic Aquarium.
  • Na Wa’a Mauo Marine Stewardship Program.
  • University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
  • State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo.
  • The University of Delaware.
  • The University of Southern California.

Commenting on the new grants, Genene Fisher, the acting director of NOAA Ocean Exploration, said:

“I am proud that NOAA Ocean Exploration and the Foundation are able to fund these very beneficial projects and advance diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility efforts that support the next generation of ocean explorers and stewards.”

While Kris Sarri, the president and CEO of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, said:

“Ocean science and exploration will help us unlock solutions to the challenges facing ocean and Great Lakes. The projects funded by the Ocean Exploration Education grants will foster new stewards who engage in protecting our blue planet. We are grateful to NOAA Ocean Exploration for supporting these projects.“

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for