Like many of you, I was experiencing firsthand the amazing advances in ocean science and technology at the biennial Ocean Sciences Meeting as the president released his budget request for Fiscal Year 2019 (which suggests drastic cuts and elimination of several federal ocean science and technology programs). You can read details of the budget request in last week’s Ocean News Weekly and in my statement. The take-home message is it would slash ocean science and technology investments that are requisite for ocean security – the amalgamation of securities (national, homeland, food, energy, health, water) dependent on robust ocean knowledge that safeguard our nation and its economy, food, and health. While I am disappointed in the policy priorities evident in this proposal (although pleased with the recent budget agreement that kept NSF’s budget from being cut by 30% in the request), I am optimistic that Congress, through the appropriations process, will ensure ocean and Earth sciences are fully funded for the coming fiscal year.
We will work doggedly, engaging with Congress and the administration (including the newly confirmedAssistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction at NOAA, Neil Jacobs) to ensure the importance of adequate and sustained federal science funding is understood and acted upon. To this end, our annual public policy forum, “The Power of Partnerships: Advancing Ocean Science and Tech” is coming up on March 7. Register now and be part of the discussion on how partnering can advance our ocean science and technology enterprise. Just as we ask our government to fund ocean research, we must all work to establish and enhance effective partnerships among federal, state, and local governments; the academic community; industry; philanthropists; and international partners to ensure the best possible return on the investment of these precious investments.
RADM Jonathan W. White, USN (ret.)
President and CEO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Fighting Illegal Fishing With Big Data, Robots And A.I.
In this episode of Deeply Talks, Todd Woody, News Deeply’s executive editor for environment, and a panel of experts talk about how satellites, sensors, artificial intelligence and DNA scanners are creating powerful new tools to fight illegal fishing. Todd is joined by Mark Powell, Vulcan’s senior ocean researcher, and Jake Hanft, an analyst at Schmidt Marine Technology Partners.
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