"I want to thank Chairman Cabral and his House colleagues who have demonstrated how valuable this funding is to the important collaborative research at SMAST," said Chancellor Grossman. "UMass Dartmouth is fully committed to research that strengthens the scientific basis for fisheries management, which is critical to the social and economic development of the region."
"SMAST is an innovative leader for fisheries research and I'm proud to have won state funds for SMAST to continue its independent research on groundfish populations," said Rep. Antonio F.D. Cabral (D-New Bedford). "At a time when the commercial fishing industry is experiencing unprecedented consolidation, these funds couldn't be more important."
The SMAST/ Division of Marine Fisheries partnership, known as the Marine Fisheries Institute (MFI) seeks to develop scientifically-based innovative and practical fisheries management applications contributing to the understanding, management, economic growth and sustainability of our oceans and the communities that border the ocean.
The focus at SMAST is on interdisciplinary basic-to-applied marine sciences and the development of related innovative technologies. In addition to the scholarly marine science and technology communities, the SMAST mission also emphasizes interaction with regional industry, and government and non-governmental agencies on compelling regional marine-related issues and technological development.
UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant, public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research resulting in personal and lifelong student success. The University serves as an intellectual catalyst for economic, social, and cultural transformation on a global, national, and regional scale.