Remarks on S. 910, the National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2020
Washington, November 18, 2020
Tags: Energy and Environment
Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong support of S. 910, the National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2020.
For decades, the Sea Grant College Program has provided essential oceans-focused research and support for our communities nation-wide and especially now as we face the impacts of climate change on coastal communities. The bill before us today would authorize an increase in funding for our Sea Grant programs and enhance our efforts to study, conserve and effectively use U.S. coastal resources.
Climate change is wreaking havoc on our coasts, including throughout my Hawai’i where coastal roads are crumbling as sea level rise and erosion take their toll. Coral reefs, which are vital resources for our ecosystems and provide protection from storm surges to our coasts, are facing mass bleaching events due to warming waters. Fish stocks are moving from traditional areas because of warming waters. The Sea Grant Program works with communities to research these issues and many more to provide useful information to make informed management decisions based on science.
The University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program (Hawaiʻi Sea Grant) is a prime example of focus on critical issues related to sustainable coastal development, tourism, hazard resiliency, sustainable aquaculture, indigenous knowledge, and the impacts of climate change. In all of its efforts, Hawai‘i Sea Grant strives to promote stewardship of Hawai‘i’s coastal ecosystems and increase public awareness of the need to preserve and protect Hawai‘i’s precious marine resources.
Just some Hawai‘i Sea Grant impacts in 2018 included:
These impacts prove the longstanding importance of Sea Grant to many such communities nationwide. I am proud to support this continued work and urge all my colleagues to pass S. 910.
Thank you and I yield back.