The University of Hawaii will receive $2,275,356 to help conserve, protect, and monitor Hawaii’s marine environment, Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Senator Daniel K. Akaka, U.S. Representative Mazie K. Hirono and U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa announced today.

The funding comes through five grants administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“To ensure the sustainability of our oceans, we must bring awareness to the many oceanographic issues confronting our community. Education, training, and outreach will save lives and promote sustainable development and conservation. Protecting our fisheries and marine habitats and preparing our communities for the threats posed by tsunami are key responsibilities of the federal government. I would like to thank the administration for these investments that will help us safely interact with the ocean while maintaining its natural resources for future generations,” said Senator Inouye.