Senator Markey, Sec. Raimondo, Rep. Keating Talk Blue Economy, Ocean Innovation in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Washington (June 4, 2021) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) And Congressman Bill Keating (MA-09) greeted US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo in Woods Hole, Massachusetts today to share the significance of the forest to discuss the Hole Science community, the cutting edge marine research technology they operate, and their role in New England’s blue economy.

“Congressman Keating and I were honored to see Minister Raimondo in Woods Hole today. Today more than ever, we need our researchers to understand what the climate crisis means for our communities, our fishermen and our world. And as the seas continue to rise, Woods Hole remains our scientific safe haven – it keeps us anchored in science and keeps our fishing industry strong. With the facilities here in Woods Hole, under their leadership and under the leadership of Secretary of State Raimondo, we can address this crisis and transform ourselves into a safe, secure and healthy future for all of us – both on land and at sea. ” said Senator Markey.

“Thank you Senator Markey and Rep. Keating for being gracious hosts and for inviting me to Woods Hole.” said Secretary Raimondo. “I am grateful for your vocal guidance on climate change and for making sure we have facilities that will provide us with critical science and data that will help us understand the effects of climate change on our oceans, coastal communities, and the surrounding ecosystems to understand better. President Biden has made it clear – this is a government that will make evidence-based decisions guided by the best science available. I am proud of the work that is being done at Woods Hole to help us monitor and conserve our oceans and better cope with the climate crisis. “

“It was an honor to join Sen. Markey and welcome Secretary of State Raimondo to Woods Hole today as we visited WHOI and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center and saw firsthand work in southeast Massachusetts to combat climate change.” said Congressman Bill Keating. “What we’ve also seen firsthand is the threat Woods Hole itself is facing from rising sea levels and the damage from the increase in high-intensity weather events. Commitment to further Trade Department investment in the village will ensure scientists stay in Woods Get their important work to protect our planet to continue. “

Senator Markey, Congressman Keating, and Secretary of State Raimondo visited the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and another tour of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Secretary and Legislators were joined by State Senator Sue Moran and State Representative Dylan Fernandes, as well as executives from WHOI, NEFSC, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

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