- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Researchers at the University of Rhode Island have been awarded a federal grant to study the effects of climate change on Atlantic fisheries.

The state’s congressional delegation says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is giving the researchers $227,850.

Jeremy Collie, at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, is leading the team. Scientists are participating from NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Narragansett Laboratory, located on URI’s Bay Campus.

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, who has repeatedly warned about the dangers of climate change, says climate change is disturbing fisheries in ways that are just beginning to be understood. He says learning more will help people prepare for the changes that are taking place.

NOAA is awarding $5 million in grants to study climate-related effects on fish stocks and fisheries.

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