WASHINGTON, D.C.—Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-GU) announced yesterday that the University of Guam is a recipient of the 2013 Saltonstall-Kennedy Program Awards. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association has announced over $10 million in recommended funding for 40 projects under the program. Of the $10 million, the University of Guam will receive $119,112 for bomb radiocarbon dating in support of Territorial Science and Bio-sampling of fisheries in Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
The S-K Grant Program is a competitive program administered by the National Marine Fisheries Service of NOAA, Department of Commerce. The program provides financial assistance for research and development projects to benefit the U.S. fishing industry. Available funds will support projects in aquaculture, conservation engineering, ecosystem studies, fisheries socioeconomics and identifying ways to help fishermen better achieve their annual quotas of fish so they can be more profitable in coastal regions throughout the United States and the Territories. The University of Guam’s grant application was reviewed based on technical merit and for usefulness to stakeholders.
“I am pleased that the University of Guam has been chosen to be a part of the Saltonstall-Kennedy Program and will be receiving nearly $120,000 in grant funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association,” said Bordallo. “This grant will continue to help Guam focus on the Territorial Science program throughout the territories. This is part of efforts by NOAA to enhance scientific data regarding local fisheries and I am glad that they are involving our local researchers. I commend the University of Guam for their work in successfully obtaining this funding, and I look forward to these funds being used to benefit Guam’s fishing industry.” (PR)