Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded the Government of Guam $567,781 in federal financial assistance. The grant will support coral reef management projects and help study the environmental impacts of the Guam military buildup.
The grant will be used to help fill data gaps for fishery management, increase training in climate change and reef resiliency, and support conservation action planning. The grant will further be used to support education and outreach goals and provide crucial short-term staffing to address the lack of capacity in local agencies.
“This federal grant will help Guam study the possible effects the build-up will have on our island’s coral reefs, and identify Guam’s land-based sources of pollution,” Congresswoman Bordallo said today. “Guam is home to many diverse coral reef ecosystems and it is important that we protect and preserve these critical marine habitats for future generations. I look forward to these funds being used to support coral reef conservation efforts on Guam.”