The Trump administration is proposing massive cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) budget. Included in those cuts is the complete elimination of the Sea Grant program.
Please sign this letter asking Alaska’s delegation to keep Sea Grant and its vital programs.
Dear Senator Murkowski, Senator Sullivan, and Representative Young,
As you consider the Trump Administration’s proposed budget, we urge your continued support for NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program. Because Sea Grant directly contributes to job creation and economic development, as well as the overall competitiveness of our seafood industry, losing Sea Grant would have profound negative impacts on Alaskans.
For more than 46 years, Sea Grant has supported healthy coastal resources, strong economies, and vibrant communities in Alaska through research, education, and outreach. Sea Grant helps ensure that the seafood industry remains adaptive and competitive by helping fishermen, processors, and coastal residents navigate the complex framework of state and federal regulations, while also providing important business and occupational training opportunities. As the fishing industry becomes increasingly complicated and global, the federal/state/private partnerships that Sea Grant represents is more important than ever.
In addition, federal funding of Sea Grant goes a long way. Each dollar Sea Grant receives in federal funds is multiplied threefold through strategic partnerships with the University of Alaska and other funders. This type of return on investment should be the gold standard for federal programs. Rather than looking to eliminate the Sea Grant, we should be looking emulate it.
We greatly appreciate your past support of the Alaskan seafood industry and request that recognize the importance of the Sea Grant Program to that industry. As such, we urge you to continue to support this important program.