Recent federal budget discussions include a suggested 18% cut to NOAA and the elimination of the National Sea Grant College Program, which includes a program based at NC State University. This would be devastating to a broad diversity of stakeholders nationwide and in North Carolina who count on Sea Grant to build resilience in their community; grow, harvest and sell safe and wholesome seafood; to maintain and improve ecosystem services for environmental and economic benefits; and to develop and maintain businesses and educate the next generation.
Across North Carolina, Sea Grant’s federal/state partnership provides a great return on investment, ensuring that applied research and outreach projects are effective and efficient. Sea Grant’s collaborations with the N.C. Building Code Council, such as revised wind-borne debris zones and better building practices, have saved coastal property owners millions in insurance premiums over recent years. And Sea Grant supports future leaders through education programs for more than 12,000 students annually — a priceless investment.
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