Pallone Announces $2 Million Grant to Improve Flood
Forecasts, Ocean Safety
Commercial and Recreational Fishermen to Benefit from Better Fisheries Management
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. Thursday announced $2 million in federal funding to maintain and expand efforts to ensure ocean water quality, improve safety for boaters and fishermen and to improve fishery science.
“The hurricane that is expected to hit New Jersey in the next few days highlights the importance of this research that helps us to understand the ocean better,” said Pallone. “Over the next few days, data gathered through sensors in the ocean and off the Atlantic coast will help to predict flooding and significantly improve the coastguard’s ability to perform search and rescue missions.”
The $2 million in funding will continue to support the Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing Systems goals of making the ocean safer for ocean commerce and recreational boaters, helping commercial and recreational fishermen and scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association better manage fisheries, ensure water quality, forecast weather and facilitate the harnessing of offshore energy.
“Fishermen from Cape Hatteras to Cape Cod will benefit from the ocean surface temperature maps that result from this research and will help them find where the fish are. Funding provided will continue to be put to good use,” Pallone added.