York Sea Grant Benefits From Federal Research Awards
Submitted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
awarded more than $2.4 million to the Research Foundation
of State University of New York to support programs and
research conducted by New York Sea Grant, a cooperative
effort of the State University of New York and Cornell University.
NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department.
The award funds New York Sea Grant's 11 new research
projects, numerous education and communications projects,
as well as an extension program that serves the state's
coastal communities from New York's two Great Lakes to
the Hudson Valley, the greater New York metropolitan area
and Long Island. Administrative offices are located at
Stony Brook University. Sea Grant is a partnership between
the nation's universities and NOAA that began in 1966.
Sea Grant programs are located in coastal and Great Lakes
states and focus on marine and coastal research.
"This NOAA grant, on behalf of New York Sea Grant,
provides funding necessary to support and enhance multi-project
initiatives targeting the origin of botulism in Lake Erie
fish and the potential impacts of coastal change on New
York's communities and beaches," said retired Navy
Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary
of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.
"NOAA and the Bush Administration are committed to
working with the academic community to improve our understanding
of the environment."
Several New York Sea Grant research projects focus on
the sustainable use of economically important Great Lakes
fisheries. Two projects will trace the origin of type
E botulism in Lake Erie fish. Other projects investigate
mortality in Lake Ontario sportfish, provide critically
important data about salmonid production useful to fisheries
managers, and examine changes in Lake Ontario's food web.
New York Sea Grant researchers will use state-of-the-art
modeling and forecasting techniques to examine how coastal
processes affect metropolitan New York and Long Island
with projects on coastal flooding, sea level rise response,
and the impacts of barrier island breaches to Long Island's
estuaries. Several other projects will examine how ecological
and geological changes in Long Island's south shore estuaries
affect shellfish and examine aspects of a critically important
parasitic disease in hard clams. These research efforts
have been designed to provide valuable and needed information
for decision makers to address pressing issues in New
York and elsewhere.
Each year, NOAA awards approximately $900 million in
grants to members of the academic, scientific and business
communities to assist the agency in fulfilling its mission
to study the Earth's natural systems in order to predict
environmental change, manage ocean resources, protect
life and property, and provide decision makers with reliable
scientific information. NOAA goals and programs reflect
a commitment to these basic responsibilities of science
and service to the nation for the past 33 years.
The Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) is dedicated to enhancing economic
security and national safety through the prediction and
research of weather and climate-related events and providing
environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and