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ZELDIN, COURTNEY LEAD BIPARTISAN LETTER TO SUPPORT FULL FUNDING FOR THE NATIONAL SEA GRANT COLLEGE PROGRAM

April 3, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (NY-01) and Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) led a bipartisan group of 95 members of the House of Representatives in calling on the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies to continue their support for the National Sea Grant College Program. The members highlighted the Sea Grant program’s role in cultivating our nation’s aquaculture economy.
 
“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,” wrote the members. “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 full letter text is below and available online here: PDF iconSea Grant Final.pdf
 
Chairman John Culberson                                                          Ranking Member José Serrano
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice,                                       Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice,
Science, and Related Agencies                                                  Science, and Related Agencies
Committee on Appropriations                                                   Committee on Appropriations
U.S. House of Representatives                                                  U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515                                                            Washington, D.C. 20515
 
Dear Chairman Culberson and Ranking Member Serrano:
 
As you develop the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 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. 
 
Sincerely,

REP. JOE COURTNEY
REP. LEE ZELDIN
REP. ALMA S. ADAMS
REP. GUS M. BILIRAKIS
REP. EARL BLUMENAUER
REP. LISA BLUNT ROCHESTER
REP. MADELEINE Z. BORDALLO
REP. ANTHONY G. BROWN
REP. JULIA BROWNLEY
REP. G. K. BUTTERFIELD
REP. SALUD O. CARBAJAL
REP. EARL L. "BUDDY" CARTER
REP. KATHY CASTOR
REP. DAVID N. CICILLINE
REP. J. LUIS CORREA
REP. CHARLIE CRIST
REP. ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS
REP. CARLOS CURBELO
REP. SUSAN A. DAVIS
REP. PETER A. DEFAZIO
REP. JOHN K. DELANEY
REP. ROSA L. DELAURO
REP. SUZAN K. DELBENE
REP. MARK DESAULNIER
REP. TED DEUTCH
REP. DEBBIE DINGELL
REP. NEAL P. DUNN
REP. ELIOT L. ENGEL
REP. ANNA H. ESHOO
REP. ADRIANO ESPAILLAT
REP. MARCIA L. FUDGE
REP. MIKE GALLAGHER
REP. LOUIE GOHMERT
REP. JENNIFFER GONZÁLEZ-COLÓN
REP. GENE GREEN
REP. COLLEEN HANABUSA
REP. ALCEE L. HASTINGS
REP. DENNY HECK
REP. BRIAN HIGGINS
REP. JAMES A. HIMES
REP. JARED HUFFMAN
REP. PRAMILA JAYAPAL
REP. WALTER B. JONES
REP. JOHN KATKO
REP. WILLIAM R. KEATING
REP. JOSEPH P. KENNEDY III
REP. RO KHANNA
REP. RON KIND
REP. PETER T. KING
REP. LEONARD LANCE
REP. JOHN B. LARSON
REP. BRENDA L. LAWRENCE
REP. SANDER M. LEVIN
REP. TED W. LIEU
REP. FRANK A. LOBIONDO
REP. ZOE LOFGREN
REP. ALAN LOWENTHAL
REP. TOM MARINO
REP. A. DONALD MCEACHIN
REP. PATRICK MEEHAN
REP. GWEN MOORE
REP. SETH MOULTON
REP. STEPHANIE MURPHY
REP. RICHARD M. NOLAN
REP. ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON
REP. FRANK PALLONE, JR.
REP. BILL PASCRELL, JR. 
REP. DONALD M. PAYNE, JR.
REP. SCOTT H. PETERS
REP. CHELLIE PINGREE
REP. MARK POCAN
REP. BRUCE POLIQUIN
REP. BILL POSEY
REP. JAMIE RASKIN
REP. KATHLEEN M. RICE
REP. DAVID ROUZER
REP. JOHN P. SARBANES
REP. ROBERT C. "BOBBY" SCOTT
REP. CAROL SHEA-PORTER
REP. ALBIO SIRES
REP. LOUISE MCINTOSH SLAUGHTER
REP. ADAM SMITH
REP. DARREN SOTO
REP. JACKIE SPEIER
REP. STEVE STIVERS
REP. THOMAS R. SUOZZI
REP. MIKE THOMPSON
REP. PAUL D. TONKO
REP. JUAN VARGAS
REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ
REP. PETER WELCH
REP. FREDERICA S. WILSON
REP. ROBERT J. WITTMAN
REP. TED S. YOHO
REP. DON YOUNG