CORE Believes Budget Increase is a Great First Step for the Oceans
WASHINGTON – The Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE) congratulates the Bush Administration for taking an important first step to improve the health and sustainability of our oceans. This morning the Administration announced a budget increase of more than $140 million for ocean science and research in Fiscal Year 2008 and released the administration’s Ocean Research Priorities Plan (ORPP) and Implementation Strategy.
Specifically, the budget will increase programs at:
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) by $123 million, including:
- $25 million for sustainable use of ocean resources;
- $38 million for protection and restoration of marine and coastal areas; and
- $60 million for enhanced ocean science and research including $16 million for the development of an Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).
- The budget increase also includes $20 million for NOAA, $17 million for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and $3 million for the U.S. Geological Survey to implement the ORPP.
- The budget will also continue funding for NSF’s Oceans Observations Initiative that will install transformational technologies in ocean observatories.
“The Ocean Research Priorities Plan is major step toward creating a national blueprint to guide ocean research,” said Rear Admiral Richard D. West (USN retired), President and CEO of CORE. “In order to achieve a greater understanding of the oceans, the Administration must provide sustained funding in the future and partner with the Academic research community to make progress on the research priorities identified in this report.”
The ORPP was written to identify research priorities that focus on the most compelling issues in key areas of interaction between society and the ocean over the next decade. The ORPP also provides guidance on how the various ocean science sectors (government, academia, industry, and non-government entities) can and should be engaged, individually or through partnerships, to address the areas of greatest research priority and opportunity. The ORPP was developed to identify ocean research priorities along with related infrastructure needs.