Bigelow Labs for Ocean Sciences has received $543,189 through the National Science Foundation to research the distribution of trace chemicals in the ocean, U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, I-Maine, said in a statement.

Trace metals, such as iron, manganese and zinc, are essential for life and serve as nutrients for phytoplankton. However, regions of the Pacific and southern oceans have very low concentrations of iron and manganese, in particular, which limits the growth of phytoplankton at times. Read more