CT Congressman Supports Sea Grant Program

With about 90 percent of the seafood consumed in this country coming from outside the United States, programs like Sea Grant offer a way to “move the needle” in changing that statistic by supporting producers, says Connecticut congressman Joe Courtney.

According to an article on TheDay.com, Courtney visited the Noank Aquaculture Cooperative in Groton, Connecticut recently to highlight Sea Grant’s role in providing tools for local fishermen and shellfish farmers. He pointed to the cooperative as one of the many successful operations that have benefited from the National Sea Grant College Program, which has 33 sites across the country.

Courtney’s visit comes as President Donald Trump’s budget proposal submitted last month calls for the elimination of funding for the Sea Grant program, which is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The budget proposal reduces overall funding to NOAA by 18 percent.

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