Some good news from last week – the Senate passed the Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research Act (S. 1425) to reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act(ICOOS). COL and member institutions strongly advocated for this bipartisan bill last year, which passed out of committee last August and now heads to the House for consideration. It would reauthorize the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) program and prioritizes ocean acidification, hypoxia, and harmful algal blooms. The importance of IOOS cannot be understated as it enables federal and regional entities to work in partnership to provide new tools and forecasts to improve safety and security, enhance the economy, and protect the environment. I encourage the House to follow suit and reauthorize ICOOS .
Also last week, the White House resubmitted Barry Myers’ nomination for NOAA administrator, and the Senate Commerce committee is now set to vote again on Tuesday (as we encouraged in Ocean News Weekly)- necessary steps since his confirmation had passed committee but not the full Senate before the start of the second session of Congress.
Legislators will be largely consumed in addressing the expiration of the continuing resolution currently funding federal agencies at midnight on Friday, but we must continue to emphasize important ocean issues that also need to be addressed expeditiously.
RADM Jonathan W. White, USN (ret.)
President and CEO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Not freezing temperatures or nor’easters or Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose or Maria can stop “Andy,” a tiger shark tagged in Bermuda by scientists from Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) in 2014. Travelling approximately 37,565 miles off the eastern coast of the United States and around Bermuda, the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, Andy is now the longest tracked tiger shark on record and shows no sign of slowing down. He’s been going for more than 1,240 days.
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