The Power of Partnerships
(By RADM Jonathan White, U.S. Navy (Ret.) / From Sea Technology, Jan. 2020)
An enduring ocean image is that of a clownfish resting in its sea anemone home. In this symbiotic relationship, the clownfish finds safety among the anemone’s poisonous tendrils, thanks to its immunity to its toxins, while the anemone benefits from the fish’s waste and movement. The partnership allows the individual species to survive, which benefits the larger ocean ecosystem.
It’s not only in the ocean these partnerships exist to the benefit of individuals and for the greater good. Partnerships are equally important to advance ocean science and technology in support of a healthy, sustainable, productive ocean. The diverse stakeholders working to this end, such as the federal government, academia, industry and philanthropy, have interests that look like an overlapping Venn diagram with more shared priorities than unique ones. As a consortium of academic institutions, industry, philanthropy and aquariums, COL is uniquely positioned to enhance these partnerships, which was clearly articulated by attendees during November’s “White House Summit on Partnerships in Ocean Science and Technology.”
Critical to growing ocean partnerships is increased support for and revitalization of the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP). For more than 20 years, NOPP has advanced ocean science and technology partnerships over a range of topics, including ocean exploration, technology development, environmental monitoring and Earth systems modeling. Our 2019 Public Policy Forum, “U.S. Ocean Policy: Past, Present and Future,” underscored the importance of working across sectors to advance ocean science and effective policy and to rapidly grow the inclusive, dynamic partnerships necessary to advance ocean technology. Revitalizing and further investing in NOPP will do this, growing our nation’s ocean science and technology enterprise to grand new successes.
COL’s 2019 Partnerships…
Advanced Ocean Science Education.
COL hosted the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Finals in Washington, D.C., instead of at one of our regional bowl locations. Our partners in the local ocean science community showed up in droves to help, offering their time as moderators, field-trip leaders, mentors and more. We are so grateful to them for demonstrating the power of partnerships and showing students how teamwork will be essential to their success long after graduation.
Ensured a Lasting Legacy.
Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, dedicated research…
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