U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Texas’ senior Senator, today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce, through the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has awarded $384,310 to the Texas A&M Texas Sea Grant College Program to fund an extensive research portfolio.
“Research and education are the keys to better understanding how we can manage and promote a healthy, sustainable Gulf Coast without displacing industry,” Sen. Hutchison said. “Through the Texas Sea Grant College Program we can help ensure that the coastal environment and its resources are preserved and protected for the use of future generations.”
According to NOAA, the grant will allow for increased research, outreach, and education, focusing primarily on issues that impact the Gulf of Mexico. Research areas are set to include the health and restoration of coastal habitats, fishery ecology, aquaculture, seafood processing, safety technology, coastal community resiliency, and resource management.