(From The Press Office of Congressman Jimmy Panette)
WASHINGTON, DC [06/06/19] – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) introduced the bipartisan National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) Reauthorization Act. The legislation will strengthen the program through enhanced resourcing and improved oversight.
“For over 20 years, NOPP has facilitated public-private partnerships to address marine science priorities. However, the program requires additional authorities to better achieve its mission. The NOPP Reauthorization Act will support the national goals of assuring national security, advancing economic development, protecting quality of life, and strengthening science education through improved knowledge of the ocean,” said Congressman Panetta.
NOPP was established in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 to facilitate partnerships among federal agencies, academia, industry, and other members of the oceanographic science community. The program has funded more than 200 projects over a range of topics including ocean exploration, technology development, environmental monitoring, earth systems modeling, and resource management.
The legislation is endorsed by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
“A strong, effective National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) is essential to our entire nation. NOPP’s advancement of collaboration and partnerships enables our many federal agencies with ocean interests to leverage resources and brings non-federal stakeholders in a united effort to grow our knowledge of ocean issues integral to our national, homeland, economic, food, water, and energy securities, as well as our human health and safety. NOPP has already allowed us to make great strides in ocean observations, education, resource management, and more, and I look forward to seeing what the future holds with a rejuvenated and revitalized program enabled by this reauthorization. I wholeheartedly thank Congressman Panetta for his leadership on this issue and for introducing this important piece of legislation that will grow our ocean understanding and safeguard our maritime nation and our future,” said Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jonathan White, president and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.