The Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland will get $1.3 million in federal money to investigate fishing communities’ vulnerability to climate change in the Northeast.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the award Tuesday. Researchers from the institute will examine ecological, social and economic impacts of climate change on fishing communities.

The institute’s research team will include climate scientists, fisheries ecologists and experts in economics and fishing gear engineering.

The work is a three-year project that the institute says will provide tools to evaluate communities’ vulnerabilities and possibilities for adaptation.

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