Sea Grant Advocates Fill Halls of Congress to Champion Robust FY25 Funding

During the week of March 4, Sea Grant Association (SGA) advocates from across the nation joined forces in Washington, DC, to support increased funding for the National Sea Grant College Program and Sea Grant Aquaculture Research. During the Capitol Hill meetings, Director of the New York Sea Grant (NYSG) Institute, Rebecca Shuford, urged members of the New York congressional delegation to provide robust FY25 federal appropriations funding for Sea Grant programs.

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New York Sea Grant (NYSG) Director Rebecca Shuford (right) of Stony Brook University joined NYSG Associate Director Kathy Buntington-Howarth of Cornell University to advocate in Washington, DC, for robust FY25 federal Sea Grant funding.

“Sea Grant leverages nearly $3 for every $1 appropriated by Congress and invests those funds directly in support of local needs,” said Shuford, who is based at Stony Brook University. “Sea Grant plays an essential role in educating our students, training the next generation workforce, and advancing research in the areas of healthy coastal ecosystems, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, and resilient coastal communities and economies.”

For FY25 federal appropriations funding, SGA is requesting $145,700,000 for the National Sea Grant College Program. This includes the amount authorized in law by the National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2020 ($111.7 million) and an additional $34 million to provide each program with an increase of $1 million to invest directly in their coastal communities and economies. Increasing funding for Sea Grant will allow the national network of 34 programs to respond to coastal constituent priorities at the local level, including in New York. For Sea Grant Aquaculture Research, SGA requests $18 million to continue the development of sustainable marine and Great Lakes aquaculture businesses.

Since 1971, NYSG has been serving the coastal communities of New York, from the Great Lakes, to the Hudson River Estuary, and marine districts of New York City and Long Island, through an integrated portfolio of research, extension, outreach, and education programming. It is a joint university-based federal-state partnership program of the State University of New York, Cornell University, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (through the National Sea Grant College Program). NYSG has been administratively based at Stony Brook University (SBU) as an SBU Institute and Cornell since its inception more than 50 years ago.

Stony Brook’s Office of Federal Relations located in Washington, DC, assisted in coordinating these congressional meetings and works closely with SBU leadership, faculty, staff and students to advance SBU’s federal priorities.

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