UMaine to receive funds from NOAA to study tuna, AP reports

The Associated Press reported the University of Maine is set to receive $229,469 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to support research of Atlantic bluefin tuna. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King announced the grant in a joint press release. They said the funds will aid research about the tuna’s age, growth and population in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. UMaine researchers will work with dealers, fishermen and other stakeholders from Maine to North Carolina on the project, according to the AP. The university hopes the work will help improve understanding of the Atlantic bluefin stock, the AP reported. U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Times, Maine Public and Miami Herald carried the AP report.