The Michigan Sea Grant College Program has received $2.1 million from the federal government, universities and partners in the first year of a four-year, $5 million grant award to support Great Lakes research, education and public outreach efforts in the state.

Michigan Sea Grant received about $1.4 million from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and about $721,000 from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and other partners for the first year of the grant.

“Our program focuses on the goals of research, outreach and education about coastal issues, and on understanding and improving the economic status of coastal communities,” said Jim Diana, director of Michigan Sea Grant and a professor at the U-M School of Natural Resources and Environment. “Funding will support training for coastal businesses, public outreach about critical issues and three new research projects.”

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