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Pingree Announces $1.3 Million Grant to Help Navigate Maine’s Fisheries Through Climate Crisis

Pingree Announces $1.3 Million Grant to Help Navigate Maine’s Fisheries Through Climate Crisis

Washington, October 6, 2020

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) will receive $1,274,908 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to prepare Maine’s fisheries for climate change. 

“Climate change poses immense challenges for our fishing industries, which are the backbones for our coastal communities in Maine. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue to prioritize funding for NOAA to continue their groundbreaking research on the effects of the climate crisis on the Gulf of Maine. With the help of NOAA, GMRI will be able to provide meaningful resilience for our coastal communities and help to mitigate the worst effects of the climate crisis on our marine economy,” said Pingree.

This project will explore the development of an integrated framework to inform fisheries management decisions in the Northeast region of the United States. The framework will integrate climate, economic, ocean, and ecosystem modeling to explore future scenarios for key Northeast stocks and species that have demonstrated shifts in distribution and changes in productivity.

GRMI’s grant is one of 79 new projects to receive $48.7 million in competitive awards from NOAA’s Climate Program Office (CPO), part of NOAA Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR). 

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