Credit: AP A crate of lobsters is seen at Cape Porpoise, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Kennebunkport, Maine.

ME - Maine lobster industry nets $2 million for research

Four of the nine research projects being funded will be conducted my Maine researchers and institutions

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — For the second straight year, $2 million has been awarded for lobster research in the Gulf of Maine. Four of the nine NOAA Sea Grant projects will be conducted by Maine organizations, totaling $559,181 in funding for Maine-based research projects.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, announced the Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative funding on Thursday, saying, “This critical federal funding will build on their efforts to support the health of Maine’s lobster fishery and help ensure its continued success.”

The $2 million will support Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank American lobster research priorities, which is aimed at understanding how environmental changes are affecting American lobster in the Gulf of Maine.

The Sea Grant Lobster Initiative is funded by NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program and operated by the University of Maine with the goal of enhancing the U.S. lobster industry’s ability to respond to biological, economic, and social changes affecting the regional ecosystem. Sea Grant is a public-private partnership that collaborates with institutions to study marine and coastal resources and developments. Sea Grant also partners with the University of New Hampshire.

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