The Maryland Sea Grant program, a part of the University System of Maryland, provides research, outreach, and educational support to people who work to conserve the Bay, and those that make a living from the Bay and Maryland’s coastal waters. A $100,000 federal grant provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will be used to both address the impacts of COVID-19 on local aquaculture industries and assist educators through the creation of new, interactive educational content. The grant to Maryland’s program is part of a $3.4 million national investment.
From the press release:
“Maryland Sea Grant has played a key role in preserving our local ecosystems and bolstering our regional economy with effective research, education and community outreach initiatives,” said the lawmakers. “This grant will provide MDSG with additional resources to continue providing relief to the Maryland communities and local aquaculture employers hit hardest by the COVID-19 crisis. Team Maryland will continue to support efforts to help our state’s leading industries recover from the ongoing pandemic.”
MDSG is a University System of Maryland program administered by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. It is a part of a network of 33 National Sea Grant programs. MDSG’s mission – consistent with the objectives and standards of the National Sea Grant College Program and the University System of Maryland – is to support research that addresses key environmental management questions, enrich marine education for students of all ages and enhance outreach efforts that clarify, for key audiences, the applications of research to science-based management of the watersheds and coastal ecosystems in Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic region, and the nation.