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25Jan

2015 Annual Report

I'd like to take a moment to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments across our programs in FY 2015. More than 40 outstanding examples of our success appear in the newly released Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report. View highlights from the year by priority or by program office.

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02Dec

In Memory of Ocean Visionary John Knauss

Recently, legendary oceanographer Dr. John Knauss passed away. The mark he left on National Ocean Service, NOAA, and the larger ocean community is lasting and profound. Dr. John Knauss was a driving force behind the creation of the National Sea Grant College Program. He was the only academic oceanographer on the Stratton Commission. Among the results of the Commission’s recommendations were the creation of NOAA and development of the Coastal Zone Management Act. Dr. Knauss was later served as NOAA administrator.

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03Nov

Handbook outlines more than 85 federal funding opportunities

Looking for federal funding opportunities? Here is a handy reference to funding programs ranging from coastal wetland and wildlife and resilience to economic development. The U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System, in conjunction with the White House Build America Initiative, has developed the Federal Funding Handbook for Marine Transportation System Infrastructure.

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08Oct

Open for Public Comment: Proposed 15-year Ecosystem Restoration Plan for Gulf of Mexico

More than five years ago, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil well drilling platform started the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history. Tragically, eleven people lost their lives due to the explosion. This week, BP, the United States, and the five Gulf States have agreed to a settlement resolving claims for federal civil penalties and natural resource damages related to the 2010 oil spill. The settlement is now set forth in a proposed Consent Decree that includes up to $8.8 billion for natural resource damages stemming from the spill. This brings to a close one major chapter in the disaster that spilled 134 million of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over 87 days and opens a new chapter that will support long-term restoration of Gulf resources.

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02Sep

Holly Bamford Appointed as Coordinating Board Chair of the U.S. Committee on the Maritime Transportation System

Effective July 1, 2015, Dr. Holly Bamford is Chair of the Coordinating Board of the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS). NOAA's role within the CMTS is to help ensure the safety and efficiency of maritime commerce while protecting the environment and promoting economic growth.

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13Aug

NOAA Habitat Policy Supports Place-based Conservation

This week, NOAA's efforts to promote healthy habitat — which in turn advances coastal resilience, supports place-based conservation, and stimulates our economy — have been codified in the agency's first NOAA Habitat Policy.

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18Jun

Place-based Conservation Notes

Place-based conservation connects with communities in a unique way. That connection also fuels the nation's economy through activities like recreation and fishing.

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17Jul

NOAA and partners announce tools to improve coastal resilience

Systems Approach to Geomorphic Engineering, or SAGE, is a new approach that integrates "green" natural and nature-based measures with "gray" structural ones at the landscape scale. The new SAGE website includes more than 100 examples of ongoing or completed projects that incorporate SAGE principles.

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18Jun

Place-based Conservation Notes

Place-based conservation connects with communities in a unique way. That connection also fuels the nation's economy through activities like recreation and fishing.

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