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Rep. Zeldin Announces $120K NOAA Grant for Cornell Cooperative Extension

August 29, 2017
Press Release

Riverhead, NY - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) announced today that the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Suffolk County has been awarded a $120,000 Community-based Marine Debris Removal Grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This grant funding will be used to remove derelict fishing gear from the Long Island Sound. The presence of this debris has a negative impact on many species within the Sound through entanglement and ghost-fishing, and it is imperative that the gear be removed.

Congressman Zeldin said, “The Long Island Sound is a treasured part of our life, culture, and economy that provides a diverse ecosystem with more than 170 species of fish. Derelict fishing gear causes significant damage to marine habitat, and it is so important that we work to remove this debris and that it be properly recycled or disposed of. This $120,000 grant will go a long way to help the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County advance this essential cause. Safeguarding our environment and natural resources is one of my top priorities in Congress, and I am proud to do my part to advocate for funding like this which supports our district.”

“Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County is thankful for this NOAA grant and excited to continue our valuable work with several partners to build upon the successes of this project that provides the multiple benefits of marine habitat restoration, retrieved materials recycling or proper disposal and education,” Vito A. Minei, P.E., Executive Director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County.

Established in 1970, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) studies climate, weather, oceans, fisheries, and coastal science to support economic vitality and provides planners and emergency managers with resources and information. This past May, Congressman Zeldin voted to fund NOAA at $5.77 billion, including a $62 million increase in research funding to $3.37 billion, and full funding for the Marine Debris Program, $500,000 above the President's request (H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017).