Barnstable County Cooperative Extension Awarded with WHOI Sea Grant

From left to right: Commissioner Mary Pat Flynn, Aquaculture Specialist Diane Murphy, Cooperative Extension Director Michael Maguire, Woods Hole Sea Grant Director Matthew Charette, Commissioner Chair Leo Cakounes, Commissioner Vice Chair Ronald Beaty

CAPE COD- The Barnstable County Cape Cod Cooperative Extension has been named a sub recipient for a multi-year $985,000 federal award from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to the Woods Hole Sea Grant Program.

This award is distributed over a 4-year period, and is the largest Woods Hole Sea Grant sub-award to the Cooperative Extension to date.

NOAA funds 33 Sea Grant programs and 300 institutions nationally, providing a variety of funding opportunities based on its work in four focus areas: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies, and Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development.

The Woods Hole Sea Grant program has collaborated with the Cooperative Extension for over twenty years to create an effective outreach partnership providing reliable technical and science-based information to stakeholders in our region.

The Cooperative Extension’s partnership with Woods Hole Sea Grant is meant to help Barnstable County Government’s effort to support aquaculture research aiming to improve and advance local aquaculture’s role in a ‘blue economy.’

Cooperative Extension staff Diane Murphy, Joshua Reitsma, Greg Berman, Abigail Archer and Shannon Jarbeau serve as a direct link with the Woods Hole Sea Grant programs, where applied science and new research findings are translated into practical applications for aquaculturalists, fishermen, and communities that depend on our coastal environment.

The outreach and extension partnership will focus its attention on marine and coastal resource users and managers and will work on emphasizing the application of research to coastal resource issues.

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