I hope you all enjoyed my April Fools’ President’s Corner on the Blue New Deal last week. While such comprehensive ocean legislation doesn’t currently exist, that doesn’t mean that ocean leaders and champions (both inside and outside of Congress) aren’t tackling many of these issues individually. As we move through the fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations process, I hope that many of the topics I brought up, such as increased funding for ocean and coastal observations, a rejuvenation of the National Oceanographic Partnership Program, and more support for K-12 informal and formal ocean science education, will be prioritized. You can read about some of COL’s FY 2020 funding focuses in our testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies here.
To be successful in these endeavors going forward, we must have ocean leaders in the next generation. Later this week, many promising young ocean scientists will be in D.C. for the Finals of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Tune in next week to learn who won our 22nd annual competition!
Study Confirms And Ranks Nursery Value Of Coastal Habitats
A comprehensive analysis, from William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science, of more than 11,000 previous coastal-habitat measurements suggests that mangroves and seagrasses provide the greatest value as “nurseries” for young fishes and invertebrates, providing key guidance for managers of threatened marine resources.
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