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Support continued funding for the National Sea Grant College Program


FY 2019 Cosigners (83): Courtney, Zeldin, Adams, Barragan, Bishop (GA), Blumenauer, Bordallo, Brown, Brownley, Capuano, Carbajal, Castor, Cicilline, Crist, Cummings,
Curbelo, DeFazio, Delaney, DeLauro, DelBene, DeSaulner, Deutch, Dingell,
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Ros-Lehtinen, Sarbanes, SIres, Slaughter, Smith (WA), Soto, Speier, Suozzi, Tonko, Vargas, Walz, Wasserman-Schultz, Welch, Wittman, Yoho, Young (AK)

Dear Colleague,

We urge you to join us in supporting NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program by signing onto the FY2019 programmatic request letter to the Commerce, Justice, and Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee.

This letter requests strong support for the Sea Grant program, which operates in every coastal and Great Lakes state, as well as multiple territories. Sea Grant is heavily utilized by America’s shellfish farmers and fishermen, as well as other coastal small
businesses that rely on marine resources. The deadline to sign onto this letter is Wednesday, March 14.

If you have any questions or would like to be added to this letter, please contact Alexa Combelic in Rep. Courtney’s office ( or Kevin Dowling in Rep. Zeldin’s office (


Joe Courtney                           Lee M. Zeldin
Member of Congress              Member of Congress

Dear Chairman Culberson and Ranking Member Serrano:

As you develop the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, we urge your support for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program—a program critically important
to shoreline states throughout the country.

Across the nation, thirty-three universities participate in the National Sea Grant Program—a federal-state partnership which provides critical services to a wide range of constituents in every coastal and Great Lakes state, and U.S. territories. Sea Grant
contributes to making coastal communities more resilient while also aiding our aquaculture industries in navigating federal and state regulations. In this sense, Sea Grant serves as the coastal, marine-based equivalent of Agriculture Extension programs.

With imported seafood making up 90% of American seafood consumption, our nation should be focusing on programs to expand and improve our domestic aquaculture industry. Sea Grant is a program that does just that—helping fishermen and shellfish farmers navigate
a complex patchwork of state and federal coastal zone management regulations through technical assistance. Sea Grant works with local producers to grow and sustain their business models while connecting them to local resources to share best practices.

The economic impact of the Sea Grant Program highlights the benefit of this federal investment. According to the 2016 performance metrics of the program, Sea Grant contributed to creating and sustaining 20,770 jobs and 2,903 businesses. On top of business
and job creation, Sea Grant logged a staggering 265,602 volunteer hours in 2016. Further, the program contributed to $575 million in economic impact—nearly half of our nation’s $1.2 billion aquaculture economy.

The National Sea Grant Program is a known job creator that is highly leveraged to maximize the effectiveness of federal investment. This program serves as the primary resource for our coastal small businesses and fishing communities. We urge you to continue
your support for this important program.

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