NOAA Fleet Update - April 2014
The NOAA Fleet Update - April 2014 [PDF], provides the status of the ships and aircraft in NOAA’s fleet, including current location and planned mission(s), information on our Teacher at Sea program, as well as support provided for unmanned systems and to our federal partners.
NOAA’s ships and aircraft play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s fleet of research aircraft and ships are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), which includes both civilians and the commissioned officers of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the seven Uniformed Services of the United States.
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Recently, a number of Members of the Senate and House and congressional staff were briefed by NOAA leadership on the FY 2015 NOAA Budget Request (and/or the Line Office/Program FY 2015 request). Below are the briefings that occurred, noting date, Member or staff, briefer(s), and OLIA Lead(s):
On April 14, staff for Representative Jared Polis (D CO-2) toured NOAA’s David Skaggs Research Center in Boulder, CO. The tour was an opportunity for Representative Polis’ staff to learn about NOAA research at the Boulder facility, which is located in the Representative’s district.
On April 11, Representative Candice Miller (R MI-10) was briefed by NOAA officials on NOAA’s Great Lakes Restoration Program and related activities within her district, particularly the Saginaw Bay area, which is plagued by harmful algal blooms resulting from nutrient inputs from agricultural runoff. The event took place at NOAA’s Restoration Center and Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, MI.
On April 11, Representative Peter DeFazio (D OR-4), Representative Derek Kilmer (D WA-6), Representative Denny Heck (D WA-10), and NOAA officials attended a Restoration Event in Commencement Bay, WA. The event was hosted by the Commencement Bay Trustees, a group comprised of: NOAA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the WA Departments of Ecology, Natural Resources, and Fish and Wildlife, and members of the Puyallup and Muckleshoot Indian Tribes. Commencement Bay and its eight waterways are home to dozens of industrial and commercial operations, including chemical manufacturing companies, oil refineries, and food processing plants. The area is also home to diverse marine species, such as Chinook, Coho, and chum salmon, steelhead trout, flatfish, and numerous bird species. For decades, hazardous substances from local industries contaminated Commencement Bay, its waterways, and sediment. In October 1991, NOAA and its co-trustees began a damage assessment and restoration planning process. The effort resulted in $4.9 million in funding to maintain 17 restoration projects in Commencement Bay. The Restoration Event was an opportunity for WA Representatives to learn about the restoration projects and prospective activities for the restored Bay.
On April 9, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Chair, Senator Jay Rockefeller, D-WV) held an executive session and markup in which the following bills were considered:
The bills passed out of committee and were sent to the Senate floor for consideration, date: TBD.
On April 8, the House Committee on Natural Resources (Chair, Representative Doc Hastings, R WA-4) held a hearing on four bills to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The bills are:
The Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Sam Rauch, testified. A copy of the written testimony can be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page.
On April 4, Delegate Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU) and Governor Eddie Baza Calvo (R-GU) participated in a StormReady and TsunamiReady Recognition Ceremony hosted by officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office. The event took place at the 36th Air Base Wing at Andersen Air Force Base, which is the first facility in the Micronesia region to be recognized as StormReady and TsunamiReady.
On April 3, the Senate agreed by voice vote to consent to ratification of several global fishing treaties to crack down on so-called pirate fishing that reduces seafood populations and puts the U.S. commercial fishing industry at a financial disadvantage. The United States signed the Port State Measures Agreement (Treaty Doc 112-4), the first binding global treaty to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, in 2009 but it has been awaiting action in the Senate since 2011. Senators also backed three regional treaties designed to improve coordination among the United States and nations in the North Pacific (Treaty Doc 113-2), South Pacific (Treaty Doc 113-1) and Northwest Atlantic (Treaty Doc 113-3).
On April 3, the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs (Chair, Representative John Fleming, R LA-4) held a legislative hearing on:
NOAA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries, Russell Smith, testified, and copy of the written testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page.
On April 3, staff for Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) were briefed by officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), Alaska Region, during a meeting in in Anchorage, Alaska. After the briefing, which discussed the relationship between the NWS Alaska Region and emergency managers throughout the State, the Senator’s staff toured the facility and learned about NOAA’s emergency coordination work.
NOAA’s newest fisheries survey vessel, the Reuben Lasker, recently transited the Panama Canal on its way to its homeport of Sand Diego, California. Among the staff and crew aboard the ship are officers from three different services – the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, the United States Coast Guard (USCG), and the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). They include, from left to right:
NESDIS Newsletter- March 2014
The NESDIS Newsletter- March 2014 [PDF], provides an update on the operations, key data sets, messages, activities, and programs for NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.
This past week, a number of Members of the Senate and House and congressional staff were briefed by NOAA leadership on the FY 2015 NOAA Budget Request (and/or the Line Office/Program FY 2015 request). Below are the briefings that occurred, noting date, Member or staff, briefer(s), and OLIA Lead(s):
On March 13, all interested House and Senate staff were briefed by NOAA’s Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Conservation and Management, Dr. Mark Schaefer, and other government agency officials on the drought affecting the Western United States. The briefing was an updated version of a similar meeting delivered to the Western Governors in the Situation Room at the White House in late February. Dr. Schaefer discussed the current Drought Monitor, Drought Outlook, and the most recent forecast for the region.
On March 11, Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Representative Sam Farr (D CA-20) were recognized at the 2014 John D. Knauss Sea Grant Welcome Reception. The Members were celebrated for their congressional support of coastal and marine issues and contributions to NOAA’s Sea Grant Fellowship program. At the event, the 2014 Sea Grant Fellows were recognized and welcomed into the marine policy community. NOAA’s Deputy Undersecretary for Operations, Vice Admiral Michael Devany, was in attendance and spoke with Senator Wicker and Representative Farr.
On March 11, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations voted to recommend Senate approval and ratification of four international fisheries treaties. Ratification of these treaties is expected to provide an international signal that the United States is aligned with its partner nations in their joint efforts to reduce and eradicate illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. In February, the Committee’s Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security Subcommittee held a hearing on these treaties. The hearing included NOAA officials, State and USCG witnesses, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The four unratified treaties are:
NOAA Fleet Update - March 2014
The NOAA Fleet Update - March 2014 [PDF], provides the status of the ships and aircraft in NOAA’s fleet, including current location and planned mission(s), information on our Teacher at Sea program, as well as support provided for unmanned systems and to our federal partners.
NOAA’s ships and aircraft play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s fleet of research aircraft and ships are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), which includes both civilians and the commissioned officers of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps),
one of the seven Uniformed Services of the United States.