May 19 2008

Shelby Announces $ 789,803 for Dauphin Island Sea Lab

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, today announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded $ 789,803 to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab for implementation of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) Environmental Education Priorities and Actions. 

“Education and outreach are a critical part of the overall plan to protect the resources and beauty of the Gulf Coast,” said Shelby. “The Dauphin Island Sea Lab offers a unique opportunity for students to learn about sea life.  The educational programs offered to students at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab are integral to our efforts to preserve the Gulf Coast.”

The GOMA is a partnership of the five Gulf States and 13 Federal Agencies to increase collaboration in order to strengthen the economic vitality of coastal communities in the region. The education effort is led by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, in coordination with Mississippi/Alabama Sea Grant and other state representatives. The funding will support a coordinator for the activities of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Education and Outreach Network.