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February 2016

 

House Hearing on Salmon

On February 10, the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans [Chair, Representative John Fleming (R LA-4)] held an oversight hearing titled, “The Costly Impacts of Predation and Conflicting Federal Statutes on Native and Endangered Fish Species.” The Regional Administrator of the Western Region of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Will Stelle, testified and a copy of the written testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page of the OLIA website.

 

Representative Gabbard Staff Attend Monument Celebration

On February 8, staff for Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D HI-2) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a celebration event in Washington Place, Hawaii, in honor of the 10-year anniversary of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. It is also the five-year anniversary of the monument being a World Heritage site.

 

NOAA Fleet Update - February 2016

The NOAA Fleet Update - February 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.

 

House Legislative Hearing

On February 2, the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans [Chair, Representative John Fleming (R LA-4)] held a legislative hearing on two bills:

The Deputy Regional Administrator of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service – Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, Daniel Morris, testified and a copy of the written testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page of the OLIA website.

 

Senator Murkowski Staff Visit Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute

On January 29, staff for Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute in Juneau, Alaska. The Institute includes the NOAA Fisheries' Auke Bay Laboratories and the staff were briefed on the mission, programs, and activities of the Lab.

 

Representative Schraeder Staff Visit MOC-P

On January 29, staff for Representative Kurt Schraeder (D OR-5) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a tour of OMAO’s Marine Operations Center – Pacific in Newport, Oregon. During the tour, they were briefed on the Center’s mission, programs, and activities, and will also be provided a 101 on OMAO and the NOAA Corps.

 

January 2016

 

Senator Hirono Staff Attend Teachers At Sea Ceremony

On January 22, staff for Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a Teacher At Sea Award Ceremony at the NOAA Inouye Regional Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. During the ceremony, Dr. Suzanne Acord, a teacher from Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu, was honored as a NOAA Teacher at Sea Program Award Recipient for Excellence in Science Education. In addition, NOAA presented a certificate to Mr. Christopher Lindsay as the science fair winner.

 

Representative Bridenstine Visits Norman Facilities

On January 21, Representative Jim Bridenstine (R OK-1) joined by officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research during a visit to the University of Oklahoma where he was briefed on capabilities in fine-scale weather prediction, unmanned systems research, and geographic information science and technology.

 

Hawaii Delegation Staff Visit NERR Site

On January 19, staff from the offices of Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D HI-2) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS) and state and local officials for a site visit to Heʻeia, Hawaiʻi, where NOAA is working with the state to designate a National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR). NOS provided the attendees with an overview of the NERR program and an update on where the state is in the designation process, and highlighted community partners in this effort.

 

NOAA Fleet Update - January 2016

The NOAA Fleet Update - January 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.
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Corps Officer Class

On January 4, 2016, NOAA Corps Basic Officer Training Class (BOTC) 127 reported to the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Academy in New London, Connecticut. CAPT Caskey administered the NOAA Corps Oath to ten new officers. These Ensigns come from ten different states and have various backgrounds in environmental science, marine biology, geology, and aeronautical science.

 

Senator Collins and Senator King Staff Attend Roundtable on Atlantic Salmon

On January 6, staff for Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Angus King (I-ME) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for an Atlantic Salmon Restoration and Recovery Roundtable in Orono, Maine, that was hosted by Project Share, a Maine environmental Non-Governmental Organization.


2nd Session of the 114th Congress Begins

The 2nd Session of the 114th Congress officially began on January 4, 2016. The House returned on January 5 and the Senate on January 11.