May 22 2008

Shelby Announces $111,021 for Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium/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 $111,021 to the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium/Dauphin Island Sea Lab for research on adult gag grouper and snapper species from the Gulf of Mexico.

“The Gulf Coast fishing industry is integral to Alabama’s economy,” said Shelby. “This important funding will provide researchers with a better understanding of the marine habitats of grouper and snapper.  As restrictions on fish increase and foreign fish imports grow, it is important that we have a clear understanding on the habits of our domestic fish to keep the industry strong.”  

The Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium/Dauphin Island Sea Lab will use this funding for research to determine the nursery origins of adult gag grouper, gray snapper and lane snapper from the northern Gulf of Mexico.