In Light of $795,000 Grant to UMaine’s Oceanic Study Programs, Rep. Poliquin Tours NOAA’s Observation System By Boat Off of Bar Harbor
BAR HARBOR – Yesterday, Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) 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. Those onboard included officials from the University of Maine, local lobstermen, local harbor pilots, federal officials who monitor oceanic activity, and Maine aquaculture harvesters.
The tour comes in light of a $795,000 grant supported by Congressman Poliquin that was awarded to the University of Maine 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.
Congressman Poliquin has been a strong supporter of NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and of ensuring that their regional partners, such as UMaine, have the resources to continue researching and studying oceanic activity. Congressman Poliquin has been vocally opposed to cuts to NOAA that were proposed in the Trump Administration’s budget for next year.
Congressman Poliquin observes an IOOS buoy off of Bar Harbor.
Congressman Poliquin released the following statement:
“As one of the premier Sea Grant institutions in the country, the University of Maine is a leader on oceanic research and study programs, and their work contributes to the success of Maine’s vast marine economy and thousands of jobs, parts of which I was thrilled to see firsthand,” said Congressman Poliquin. “I’m extremely excited that this important grant support will go toward their continued work in this field and the positive impact it has for our lobstermen, aquaculture industry, tourism and other jobs in Maine.
“These buoys and the IOOS system are instrumental for public safety, protection of the environment, and creating jobs—150,000 tourism jobs and more than 10,000 lobster and fishery jobs in our State. I’m proud to support these programs and their contributions to Maine.”
NERACOOS (the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems) is the regional component to the national Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). NERACOOS provides weather and ocean data to fishermen, cargo ships, the U.S. Coast Guard and all other entities that can use that information.