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September 29, 2009
NOAA announced a $1.2 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contract to W.S. Anderson, Incorporated from Brockton, Mass., for repair and modernization of the agency’s marine fisheries laboratory in Milford, Conn. This Recovery Act-funded project is expected to grow the economy and create jobs in Brockton.
“The Milford Laboratory supports NOAA’s ecosystem-based research mission in the northeast, and provides valuable research and science-based information to help sustain the commercial and recreational fishing and shellfish industries,” said William Broglie, NOAA’s chief administrative officer. “The Recovery Act funds will help make long-needed enhancements to the laboratory’s aging infrastructure; improve the efficiency of the lab’s heating, ventilation and cooling systems; and positively affects our employees and the local economy.”
The project, which is expected to be completed by July 2010, will improve energy efficiency, replace aged elevator and roof systems, and improve life/safety issues in the laboratory. The facilities at the Milford laboratory include a 4,800 square foot structure, dating back to 1940, and a 28,000 square foot laboratory-office building that was completed in 1966. The two buildings house 30 laboratories and offices.
The Milford Laboratory is located on the shore of Long Island Sound and is part of NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center. Research conducted at the facility emphasizes marine aquaculture for both commercial use and stock enhancement, including studies of fish and shelfish diseases, feeding and growth of marine species, and the functions of nearshore ecosystems. The integrated aquaculture program includes studies of the culture of fish and shellfish to develop methods suitable for commercial use as well as for stock enhancement and restoration. Nearshore habitats are being studied to determine what characteristics make a habitat suitable for a particular species.NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth’s environment; from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources.