Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King joined a bipartisan group of 27 Senators in sending a letter last week urging the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies to continue to fund the National Sea Grant College Program — at a minimum — at its current funding level of $80 million.
The letter follows the Administration’s proposed elimination of funding for the Sea Grant Program in the fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget.
Designated as a Sea Grant College, the University of Maine is one of 33 NOAA Sea Grant programs throughout the coastal and Great Lakes states. The University of Maine chapter focuses on sustainable use and stewardship of marine and coastal resources. Sea Grant receives funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce via the NOAA National Sea Grant Office, to support its mission through research, outreach, and education.