Exciting New Fisheries Technology

2016-07-18T12:41:40+00:00 July 18, 2016|

Representative Sam Farr (CA-20) opened the Marine Technology Society and the House Oceans Caucus Congressional briefing this week by noting his attempts over 28 years in Congress “trying to develop as much interest in the ocean as there is in space.”

Presidential Innovation Fellows Program And National Institute Of Standards And Technology Reauthorization Passed By House

2016-07-18T12:33:18+00:00 July 18, 2016|

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Improvement Act of 2016 (H.R. 5639), which passed by voice vote, would reauthorize NIST through Fiscal Year 2017. The House also passed H.R. 5658, the Tested Ability to Leverage Exceptional National Talent (TALENT) Act of 2016 by an overwhelming margin of 409 to 8.

Ocean Policy Wrap Up for June 2016

2016-07-08T14:13:22+00:00 July 8, 2016|

Oceans month 2016 saw the reauthorization of the Freedom of Information Act become law, defense appropriations and COMPETES reauthorization advance, and a number of ocean-related bills be introduced in the House and Senate.

Bill Would Establish Climate Change Teaching Curriculum

2016-06-22T11:47:17+00:00 June 22, 2016|

A new bill from Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) would create a curriculum for teaching students and others about climate change. Markey introduced his bill, the Climate Change Education Act, on Friday to celebrate the first anniversary of Pope Francis’s encyclical urging the world to fight climate change.

House Subcommittee Picks Science Funding Winners and Losers (Spoiler Alert: NOAA's Taking A Hit)

2016-05-20T14:58:29+00:00 May 20, 2016|

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science passed their fiscal year (FY) 2017 bill by voice vote this week; it is responsible for funding the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Commerce (including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; NOAA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

House Subcommittee Picks Science Funding Winners and Losers (Spoiler Alert: NOAA’s Taking A Hit)

2016-05-20T14:58:29+00:00 May 20, 2016|

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science passed their fiscal year (FY) 2017 bill by voice vote this week; it is responsible for funding the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Commerce (including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; NOAA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Trash In The Seas Starts At Home

2016-05-20T14:46:35+00:00 May 20, 2016|

Marine debris is flooding our oceans at an estimated rate of eight million tons of trash annually, and its results are devastating. Scientists have observed nearly 700 different marine species that have already been negatively impacted by marine plastics, and trash could outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050.

Republicans Say ‘Nope’ To NOP (National Ocean Policy)

2017-12-12T13:09:50+00:00 May 20, 2016|

In 2010, President Obama released Executive Order 13547, Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes, commonly referred to as the National Ocean Policy (NOP). It is designed to protect, maintain, and restore the health of ecosystems and resources of the oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes; to enhance the sustainability of ocean and coastal economies; to preserve maritime heritage; to support sustainable uses and access; and to coordinate with our national security and foreign policy interests.

Republicans Say ‘Nope’ To NOP (National Ocean Policy)

2017-12-12T13:15:16+00:00 May 20, 2016|

In 2010, President Obama released Executive Order 13547, Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes, commonly referred to as the National Ocean Policy (NOP). It is designed to protect, maintain, and restore the health of ecosystems and resources of the oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes; to enhance the sustainability of ocean and coastal economies; to preserve maritime heritage; to support sustainable uses and access; and to coordinate with our national security and foreign policy interests.

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