National Ocean Service News

A Coast Guard ATON (Aids to Navigation) buoy in Kings Bay, Ga., that will house one of the new PORTS current meters. (Photo: NOAA)

Sensor Systems Improve Marine Navigation Near US Naval Bases

security as well.”“These two new systems, and the others like them around the country, reduce ship accidents by more than 50 percent, increase the size of ships that can get in and out of seaports, and reduce traffic delays,” said Nicole LeBoeuf, acting director of NOAA’s National Ocean Service. “They also provide real-time, resilience-ready data as coastal conditions rapidly change, potentially threatening our coastal communities.”PORTS is a partnership program with local port authorities, pilot associations, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the

Removing dock debris left in the wake of Hurricane Florence, September 2018. (Photo: North Carolina Coastal Federation)

More Than $5.9 Mln Invested in Marine Debris Cleanup Projects

lunchrooms;.and the development of a recycling program for fiberglass boats in Washington State and across New England.“Communities face the harmful effects of marine debris every day, from trash on beaches to abandoned vessels,” said Nicole LeBoeuf, acting director of NOAA’s National Ocean Service. “The projects supported by these grants will help coastal communities to remove and prevent marine debris, ultimately protecting our coastal habitats and waterways, wildlife and the economy.”Approximately $1.3 million in grants will support 10 community-driven debris removal

Larger-than-average GoM ‘Dead Zone’ Expected

are stressed or killed by the low oxygen. The Gulf of Mexico dead zone occurs every summer.“Not only does the dead zone hurt marine life, but it also harms commercial and recreational fisheries and the communities they support,” said Nicole LeBoeuf, acting director of NOAA’s National Ocean Service. “The annual dead zone makes large areas unavailable for species that depend on them for their survival and places continued strain on the region’s living resources and coastal economies.”A major factor contributing to this year’s above-average hypoxic zone are the

US' Marine Economy Growth Outpacing the Nation's

of the total U.S. gross domestic product as measured in current dollars. Businesses included in the report also supported 2.3 million jobs in 2018.“The marine economy statistics clarify just how dependent America is on our waters,” said Nicole LeBoeuf, acting director of NOAA’s National Ocean Service. “It is nearly impossible for most Americans to go a single day without eating, wearing or using products that come from or through our coastal communities.”“For the first time, the United States has ocean data that can be compared with our official statistics on other U

Photo: TerraSond

TerraSond Wins NOAA Contract

TerraSond reports it has been awarded its seveth consecutive NOAA contract.The five-year IDIQ contract was awarded by the Hydrographic Surveys Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s National Ocean Service, Office of Coast Survey, to provide hydrographic surveying services in the USA.The contract was effective January 1, 2020, with a maximum value of $250 million over five years, subject to appropriation by Congress. Thomas Newman, President, TerraSond, said, “Through our NOAA contracts, we have been performing comprehensive site characterization for

Survey vessel. Image: Fugro

NOAA Awards 5-yr Hydrographic Gig to Fugro

Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide hydrographic surveying services in the US.Dutch multinational provider of geo-intelligence and asset integrity solutions said that the  contract was issued by NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Office of Coast Survey, to support the creation and maintenance of highly accurate nautical charts.Recognised by NOAA as a top-ranked hydrographic surveying firm, Fugro has worked continuously with the agency on similar IDIQ contracts since 1998.“Over the past 20 years, NOAA has been

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Scientists Map Fast-moving Fault off Alaska

the U.S. and Canadian international border in water depths ranging from 500 to more than 7,000 feet deep.“Providing scientific information to help protect vulnerable communities is one of our most important missions,” said W. Russell Callender, assistant NOAA administrator for the National Ocean Service. “Working with USGS and our state and academic partners, allows us to speed the development of information that can help communities better anticipate and prepare for risks from tsunamis and earthquakes.”“This project has been a great collaboration on an important scientific

(Photo: Liquid Robotics)

Wave Glider to Help Protect Marine Sanctuaries

Wave Glider technology and services to help preserve, protect and sustain the Hawaiian and American Samoa marine sanctuaries and ocean we all hold dear.”   This partnership provides services to the National Marine Sanctuary System’s six sanctuary units, as well as NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS), The State of Hawaii and the Territory of American Samoa, The Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (HHWNMS), National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS), Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) and remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Russell Callender, Assistant Administrator at NOAA’s National Ocean Service Maritime, Oceanology International Conference 2016. Photo OINA

OINA Speakers Announced

provide a clear understanding of the present and future requirements and opportunities of the Blue Economy. Speakers from a range of industries will be presenting at all three programmes at the San Diego conference. This will feature a variety of presenters from US organisations including the National Ocean Service, Coast Guard and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Jules Jaffe, Research Oceanographer, Scripps Institute of Oceanography will present as part of the Unmanned Underwater Vehicles technical discussion, with a particular focus on The M-AUE Miniature Autonomous Vehicle for Monitoring

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