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Congressman Bruce Poliquin

Representing the 2nd District of Maine

$1.5 Million Awarded to UMaine for Projects to Support Marine Studies, Announced By Rep. Poliquin

August 31, 2017
Press Release
Poliquin is a strong supporter of UMaine’s important marine research programs, having just announced last week a $795,000 grant for the school’s oceanic and research programs

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) is announcing that $1.5 million has been awarded to the University of Maine to help with projects that anticipate ultimately creating 50 new jobs and continuing UMaine’s marine data collection that benefits thousands of lobstermen, fishermen and others in Maine’s marine economy. The projects include replacing the Darling Marine Center’s existing pier, renovating the Flowing Seawater Laboratory and constructing three laboratory spaces, and upgrading the center’s flowing seawater infrastructure, which includes pump systems, the pump house and related piping. Congressman Poliquin, who just last week announced a $795,000 grant to UMaine’s oceanic study programs, released the following statement:


“Maine’s rich coastline fisheries and economy, and the thousands of fishermen, lobstermen and other Maine jobs they support, depend on the data and studies produced by programs like those at the University of Maine” said Congressman Poliquin. “I’m extremely pleased with the announcement of this important support for UMaine and its continued work with marine and fishery studies.”


This $1.5 million investment, which is awarded through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), will aid a number of projects at UMaine that total $3 million. The projects, which the EDA anticipates will help create 50 new jobs, support UMaine with ensuring the continuing availability of marine environmental and ecosystem data that is critical to Maine’s commercial fishing and aquaculture economy.  According to the EDA, the data supplied by UMaine will help expand job opportunities in the manufacturing and technology sectors throughout the region.


Last week, Congressman Poliquin joined more than a dozen officials for a tour by sea of the regional buoy and ocean observation equipment systems—the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)—and the Cooke Aquaculture salmon farm off of Bar Harbor, in light of a $795,000 grant supported by the Congressman that was awarded to UMaine from the federal government for a buoy and high frequency radar operation to add to their ocean monitoring and studying programs. This year, UMaine has received a total of $1,173,196 through four different federal grants for their oceanic programs.


EDA grants are awarded through a competitive process based upon the application’s merit, the applicant’s eligibility, and the availability of funds.


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