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August 2016

 

Staff for Senator Reed and Senator Whitehouse Visit Narragansett Lab

On August 25, staff for Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for a tour of NMFS’ Laboratory in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The staffers were briefed on the Lab’s research, programming, and operations, as well as strategic initiatives, fisheries science accomplishments, and emerging programming for the New England region.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott


Senator Thune and Senate Committee Staff Invited to WFO

On August 23, Senator John Thune (R-SD) and staff for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation joined the Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), Dr. Louis Uccellini, and other officials for a tour of the NWS Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Senator and staff received a tour of the facility, a short presentation on the WFO's mission, operations, and work with partners, as well as a briefing on the current status of the Operations & Workforce Analysis project, recent outcomes, next steps on the project, and how it fits into the broader effort to build a Weather Ready Nation, working with key Emergency Management partners in South Dakota.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senator Cantwell Staff Visits Fisheries Science Center and Regional Office

On August 23, staff for Senator Maria Cantwell joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for a visit to the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, Washington. During the visit, the staff were briefed on the agency's responsibilities including support for sustainable fisheries and recovering protected species.
The Senator’s staff also visited NMFS’ West Coast Regional Office where they were briefed on work on the West Coast, including onsite restoration work.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama, Topher Holmes

 

House Committee Staff Visit Hawaii

On August 23, staff for the House Committee on Natural Resources joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the United Fish Auction in Honolulu, Hawaii, where they learned about longline fishing vessels.
The committee staff also visited the Inouye Regional Center in Honolulu where they toured the LEED-certified NOAA-wide operations center including the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science and met with NOAA Pacific Islands leadership.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Senator Sullivan Views Hydrographic Survey

On August 23, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, and the National Ocean Service as they presented the data from a hydrographic survey taken on August 22 in Captain’s Bay, Alaska. The Senator was briefed on the data processing operation and was shown what NOAA is doing to process this data, what that data looks like, and how we use it to update nautical charts.
OLIA Lead: Greg Raymond, Mike Jarvis

 

House Committee Staff Visit Sanctuary

On August 21, staff for the House Committee on Natural resources joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service and the National Ocean Service for an eco-tour of Aunu'u island followed by a visit to the National Marine Sanctuary in American Samoa.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama, Kristina Kekuewa

 

Representative DeFazio Staff Visit Marine Operations Center and NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada

On August 18, staff for Representative Peter DeFazio (D OR-4) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a visit to OMAO's Marine Operations - Pacific and a tour of the NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada in Newport, Oregon. During the tour, the staff were briefed on the Center’s and ship's mission, programs, and activities.
OLIA Lead: Greg Raymond

 

Representative DeFazio Staff Visit Research Station

On August 18, staff for Representative Peter DeFazio (D OR-4) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Newport Research Station in Newport, Oregon. During the tour, the staff will be briefed on the Station’s mission, programs, and activities.


House Committee Staff Visit Habitat Focus Area

On August 17, staff for the House Committee on Natural Resources joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Manell-Geus Watershed Habitat Focus Area in Merizo, Guam, where they learned about the collaborative approach to habitat conservation.

 

Senator Peters Staff Visit GLERL

On August 17, staff for Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) joined by officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research for a visit to the Great Lakes Environmental Lab (GLERL), in Ann Arbor, Michigan. During the visit, staff toured GLERL's marine instrumentation lab, spoke with scientists and saw instruments related to oil spill modeling, ocean observation instrumentation, and Harmful Algal Bloom measurements and modeling.

 

House Committee Staff Visit Fisheries Projects

On August 16, staff for the House Committee on Natural Resources joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to fisheries projects in the Northern Mariana Islands.

 

Representative Herrera Beutler Hosts Grants Seminar

On August 16, Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R WA-3) hosted a Guide to Grants seminar in Vancouver, Washington, where she was joined by NOAA officials and representatives of other federal agencies. The Seminar provided her constituents an opportunity to learn about the federal grant-making process and current funding that is available.

 

Senator Booker Staff Visit Sandy Hook Lab

On August 16, staff for Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research for a visit to NMFS’ Sandy Hook Lab in Highlands, New Jersey. The staffers were briefed on the Lab’s research, programming, and operations, as well as strategic initiatives, fisheries science accomplishments, and emerging programming for the New England region. The Senator’s staff also visited the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, and other regional marine science partner organizations in the area.

 

New York Delegation Staff Tour Bay Hydro II Vessel

On August 16, staff for Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Representative Chris Gibson (R NY-19) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a tour of the NOAA Research Vessel Bay Hydro II in Kingston, New York. Bay Hydro II, which is deployed to the Hudson River this summer, is the Office of Coast Survey’s primary vessel for evaluating new hydrographic survey technologies.

 

Staff for Senator Mikulski and Senate Committee Visit Mallow’s Bay

On August 15, staff for Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation were joined the Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Russell Callender, and other officials for a visit to Mallow’s Bay, Maryland. Mallow’s Bay has been identified as a potential expansion site for the National Marine Sanctuary network.

 

Representative Thompson Staff Tour NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown

On August 11, staff for Representative Mike Thompson (D CA-5) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a tour of the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown in Vallejo, California. During the tour, the staff were briefed on the repair work currently taken place, as well as the ship’s mission, programs, and activities.

 

Massachusetts Delegation Staff Attend Science Community Open House

On August 6, staff for Members of the Massachusetts Delegation joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a science community Open House in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The Open House included the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Marine Biological Laboratory, the Sea Education Association, the Woods Hole Research Center and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. The Open House, which was open to the public, also included tours of the NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow research vessel, which is operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and officers of the United States NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps.

 

Representative Larsen Staff Visit Research Station

On August 3, staff for Representative Rick Larsen (D WA-2) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Mukilteo Research Station in Mukilteo, Washington.

 

NOAA Fleet Update - August 2016

The NOAA Fleet Update - August 2016 [PDF] provides the status of NOAA’s fleet of ships and aircraft, which play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s current fleet of 16 ships – the largest civilian research and survey fleet in the world – and nine aircraft, are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO). OMAO includes civilians, mariners, and officers of the United States NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the nation’s seven Uniformed Services.

 

 

July 2016

 

NESDIS News - July 2016

The NESDIS Newsletter- July 2016 [PDF] provides an update on the operations, key data sets, messages, activities, and programs for NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.

 

Senator Warner and Senator Kaine Staff Attend NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler Event

On July 21, staff for Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) joined the Director of the NOAA’s Commissioned Officer Corps and Director of NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), Rear Admiral David A. Score (two star) and other OMAO/NOAA Corps officials at a Change of Command Ceremony for the NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler in Norfolk, Virginia.

The Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, provided the keynote address during the ceremony.

 

Senator Hirono Speaks to Science Camp Attendees

On July 18, Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service at a NOAA Science Camp in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Senator provided welcoming remarks at the start of the camp, where campers spent five days learning about the important work of NOAA scientists.

 

Representative Kilmer and Washington Delegation Staff Attend Restoration Ceremony

On July 18, Representative Derek Kilmer (D WA-6) and staff from the offices of the Washington Delegation joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for an Excellence in Restoration Award Ceremony in Suquamish, Washington. During the ceremony, NOAA presented an award to the Susquamish Tribe for the successful completion of the Milwaukee Dock Eelgrass Restoration Project, restoring habitat for wildlife near Eagle Harbor in the Puget Sound.

 

Virginia Delegation Attend Buoy Launch

On July 18, Senate and House Members of the Virginia Delegation were joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service and local and federal partners for a Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) Launch Ceremony in Gloucester Point, Virginia. The former Norfolk CBIBS buoy in the Elizabeth River is in the process of being relocated to York Spit (at the mouth of the York River) to embark on a new mission.


House Committee Markup

On July 12, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup and considered HR 4576, Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act, a bill to implement the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fisheries Resources in the North Pacific Ocean, to implement the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean, and for other purposes. The Committee approved the bill, which once reported, may go to the House floor for a vote at a later date to be determined.

 

Senator Portman Attends Harmful Algal Bloom Roundtable

On July 9. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for the Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Environmental Roundtable in Marblehead, Ohio. On July 7, scientists from NOAA, Ohio Sea Grant and additional academic partners announced the seasonal forecast of the likelihood and duration of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. Senator Portman hosted the public environmental round table and invited a distinguished panel comprised of federal, state, academic, and non-governmental partners to highlight this issue.

 

Senate and House Staff Attend NART Roundtable

On July 7, all interested Senate and House staff from the Massachusetts Delegation joined officials from NOAA for a roundtable discussion on NOAA in Massachusetts that was organized by NOAA's North Atlantic Regional Team (NART). The Roundtable was hosted by the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Falmouth, Massachusetts, and representatives from the Massachusetts Departments of Public Health, Transportation, Energy & Environmental Affairs, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Authority, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Woods Hole Sea Grant programs, the New England Fishery Management Council, the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems, and other partners also participated.

 

House Hearing on Satellite Programs and Partnerships

On July 7, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Subcommittee on Environment [Chair, Representative Jim Bridenstine (R OK-1)], held a hearing on NOAA’s polar-orbiting satellite programs and our partnerships with the Department of Defense and DOD and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). The Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, Dr. Stephen Volz, testified and a copy of the written testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page.

 

House Members Attend Arctic Roundtable

On July 7, Members of the Congressional Arctic Working Group joined officials from NOAA for a congressional roundtable on the Arctic. The Members included:

NOAA Fleet Update - July 2016

The NOAA Fleet Update - July 2016 [PDF] provides the status of NOAA’s fleet of ships and aircraft, which play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s current fleet of 16 ships – the largest civilian research and survey fleet in the world – and nine aircraft, are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO). OMAO includes civilians, mariners, and officers of the United States NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the nation’s seven Uniformed Services.