The Governor of South Carolina has officially cut funding for sustainable development and any type of coastal science.
The sea grant consortium was also the main part of the funding that was cut. The program was a pivotal part of the coastal and marine research that was going on. The consortium provided many scientific grants but also helped integrate many educators, citizens and scientists so that a vibrant economy can be supported.
There are approximately 32 sea grant programs with a variety of strategic goals as they help to coordinate research. Each of the sea grant programs are considered to be independently run as they are administered by the administration of the National Oceanic.
The impact of cutting the sea grant program is not going to have that much of an impact on government spending as it will only decrease approximately .002 percent. Tax revenue also increased to approximately $1.4 billion dollars as the economy improved.
Some of the projects that were included with the sea grant consortium include:
- Studying the sea temperatures and how they are impacting fish and oysters
- Improving the catches of shrimp fishermen
- Reducing pollution runoff while also reducing the harmful effects of algae blooms
- Assisting coastal developers as they improve the homes resistance to storms
- Working with leaders as they plan future sustainable development projects
- Implementing a training program to help businesses run in a sustainable manner
- Developing an academic curriculum which focuses upon the coastal economy and the ocean
The sea grant consortium proves that there are many benefits to a variety of stakeholders who are involved with many projects. Many of the programs funds assisted with scientific research, supported students pursuing a graduate degree and helped to boost sustainable growth in the future.
Overall, sustainable development is being negatively affected as the funds are eliminated.