(June 4, 2021) – Today U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congressman
Bill Keating (MA-09) welcomed United States Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo
to Woods Hole, Massachusetts to discuss the importance of the Woods Hole
science community, the state-of-the-art ocean research technology they are
conducting and the role they play in New England’s blue economy.
was an honor for Congressman Keating and me to welcome Secretary Raimondo to
Woods Hole today. Now 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
harbor—keeping us anchored in science and keeping our fishing industry strong.
With the facilities here in Woods Hole, with their guidance, and with the
leadership of Secretary Raimondo, we can manage this crisis and undertake a
transformation to a secure, safe, and healthy future for all of us—both on land
and at sea,” said Senator Markey.
you, Senator Markey and Representative Keating, for being gracious hosts and
inviting me to Woods Hole," said Secretary Raimondo. "I’m
grateful for your vocal leadership on climate change and on ensuring that we
have facilities to provide us with critical science and data to help us better
understand climate change's impact on our oceans, coastal communities, and
surrounding ecosystems. President Biden has been clear – this is an
administration that will make evidence-based decisions guided by the best
available science. I’m proud of the work that is being done in Woods Hole to
help us monitor and conserve our oceans and better manage the climate crisis."
was an honor to join Sen. Markey in welcoming Secretary Raimondo to Woods Hole
today as we visited WHOI and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center and saw
firsthand the work being done in Southeastern Massachusetts to combat climate
change," said Congressman Bill Keating. "What we also saw
firsthand is the threat that Woods Hole itself faces from rising sea levels and
the damage caused by the increase of high-intensity weather events. Today's
grant announcement is a big step forward toward climate resiliency in Woods
Hole, and Secretary Raimondo's commitment toward continued Department of
Commerce investment in the village will ensure that the scientists in Woods
Hole can continue to do their important work to protect our planet."
Markey, Congressman Keating, and Secretary Raimondo’s visit consisted of a tour
of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and another tour of the National
Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Northeast Fisheries
Science Center (NEFSC). The Secretary and lawmakers were joined by State
Senator Sue Moran and State Representative Dylan Fernandes, in addition to
leaders from WHOI, NEFSC, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and
the United States Geological Survey (USGS).