Senator Burr Announces Federal Research Funding for UNCW’s National Undersea Research Center

$787,138 grant will provide for further study of marine environment

May 5, 2005

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Richard Burr today announced $787,138 in federal funding for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington's National Undersea Research Center (NURC). The United States Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded UNCW's NURC a federal grant through its National Undersea Research Program (NURP).

"I am pleased to see North Carolina scientists' hard work rewarded by the opportunity to contribute more to their fields of study and to our country," said Senator Burr. "NURC continues to find the best methods for preserving our precious natural resources."

The federal funds will be used to conduct undersea research along the southeastern U.S. coast including the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas. This region spans some of the Nation's most valuable developed oil and gas resources and the second most valuable commercial fishing industry in the Nation.

NURC researchers study how to best utilize and preserve the Nation's marine environments and resources. The Center's work raises public awareness of problems facing coastal regions across the country and how these problems can best be solved.

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