URI to support Rockefeller program with $559K grant
THE COASTAL RESOURCES CENTER at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography will coordinate the Rockefeller Foundation's Oceans & Fisheries Initiative to develop a sustainable fisheries program, funded by a $559,296 grant from the international philanthropic organization.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The Rockefeller Foundation has awarded a $559,296 grant to the Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography to coordinate and support the foundation’s Oceans & Fisheries Initiative.
Still in its developmental phase, the initiative aims to develop management practices and strategies for an ecosystem-based, sustainable fisheries program to address overfishing and other destructive fishing practices that harm the global marine ecosystem.
“The Coastal Resources Center is widely respected for its ability to apply world-class ocean science and research to management and policy approaches in solving some of today’s most complex marine and fisheries issues,” said Bruce Corliss, dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography. “This grant will allow the CRC to continue to share its expertise with groups and institutions working to address critical fisheries needs.”
The center will help create scalable methods to sustain small fisheries, synthesize information and practices developed by other Oceans & Fisheries Initiative partners, and serve as secretariat for the initiative’s advisory group of experts.
This is the first time URI has received financial support from The Rockefeller Foundation, an international philanthropic organization that funds humanitarian efforts worldwide to tackle social, economic, health and environmental challenges.
“The Coastal Resources Center has both breadth and depth of experience in conducting research and implementing programs aimed at improving the well-being of poor or vulnerable fishing communities around the world and the ecosystems on which they depend,” said Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, senior associate director at The Rockefeller Foundation. “We’re thrilled to work with the CRC as a key partner in this initiative.”