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NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Newsletter

January 31, 2013



Hi everyone,

image of Holly Bamford

Before I dive into this week's topic, I want to take a moment to express how honored and pleased I am to serve as NOS's assistant administrator. I'm continually struck by how lucky I am to work with such highly dedicated, enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable professionals. It's what makes NOS great, and I really look forward to the days ahead working with all of you.

In February, we celebrate America's and NOAA's history in two meaningful ways. First, we commemorate Black History Month throughout February. This is the nation's annual celebration of achievements by African Americans. It represents a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in our country's history.

This year's Black History Month theme is, "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington." There are excellent events planned throughout the month, including NOAA's annual Black History Month program on February 19, and the 2013 Black History Trivia Game on February 26. Both events will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the NOAA Science Center. The NOAA Chapter of Blacks in Government Web site provides additional information.

Also in February, we celebrate NOAA's contributions to our country's history. NOAA preserves the nation's heritage with initiatives such as the Gateway to NOAA exhibit at the Silver Spring campus and the annual Heritage Week. During the week of February 4, NOAA will host a series of free lunchtime presentations at the Gateway to NOAA exhibit on timely topics such as ocean acidification, extreme weather events, and the new Sea Unseen art exhibit. All talks are at 12 noon and last 15 to 20 minutes. NOAA's Preserve America Web site provides the complete schedule.

Finally, mark your calendars for NOAA's Open House on February 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the NOAA Science Center and Auditorium. This event is open to the public and includes hands-on activities for ages 5 and up. The Preserve America site has all the details.

I hope you will join me at these great February events!

Thank you,

Holly A. Bamford, Ph.D.
Assistant Administrator
National Ocean Service

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Around NOS

Oregon Adopts Plan for Offshore Marine Renewable Energy (OCRM)

On January 24, Oregon officially amended its Territorial Sea Plan to incorporate a plan for siting marine renewable energy development projects in Oregon state waters. The Territorial Sea Plan now guides the siting of wave energy and other forms of marine renewable energy in state waters to areas that pose the least conflict with existing ocean uses and natural resources. Over the past three years, the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management has supported the plan's development through the National Coastal Zone Management Program by providing financial assistance, policy guidance, and helping to connect the state with NOAA's and other federal  agency's science and expertise needed to complete spatial analysis. The state intends to submit the plan for incorporation into their federally-approved Coastal Management Program. For more information, contact Kris Wall.

Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW) Expands to Include Self-Employed Workers (CSC)

NOAA's Coastal Services Center has released a new data set on self-employed workers within the ocean and Great Lakes economy, as defined by Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW). Statistics are available from 2005 to 2010 and include the number of self-employed persons and gross receipts for coastal counties, states, and the coastal U.S. Data are derived from the U.S. Census Bureau's Non-employer Statistics, the primary resource for studying the scope and activities of self-employed people. For more information, contact Jeff Adkins.

Scoping Meeting on Sanctuary Expansion Garners Support from Local Constituents (ONMS)

On January 24, the first of three public scoping meetings on a proposal to expand the Cordell
Bank and Gulf of the Farallones national marine sanctuaries took place in Bodega Bay,
Calif. Projected to be completed by July 2014, the expansion would add around 2,770 square miles of ocean off the Sonoma and Mendocino counties in northern California. The meeting drew around 72 citizens, federal officials and fishing industry representatives. The comments received were overwhelmingly positive, and included many constructive suggestions. For more information, contact MaryJane Schramm.

NOAA Announces Free Nautical "BookletCharts" for Boaters (OCS)

Earlier this week, the Office of Coast Survey re-introduced free "BookletCharts," moving the product from an experimental stage into official production. Nearly a thousand newly updated BookletCharts—reduced-scale nautical charts in PDF format for in-home printing—are available free on the Web. For more information, contact CAPT Jon Swallow.

Updated 'Ten-Year Strategic Plan 2013–2023' Released (NGS)

A newly updated Ten-Year Strategic Plan 2013–2023 was recently released by the National Geodetic Survey (NGS). Approaching the halfway point with its existing Ten Year Plan (2008–2018), NGS leadership decided it was time to reevaluate priorities. Upon reviewing current business practices, and in consideration of changing technological developments, it became clear an updated plan was needed. For more information, contact Dru Smith.

Cheaper Ciguatoxin Assay May Rely on Proxy Substance (NCCOS)

A recently published finding may contribute to the development of a long-elusive affordable ciguatoxin detector, crucial for equatorial peoples worldwide at risk of contracting a severe type of seafood poisoning. While researching toxicity differences in the several species of tropical algae that cause ciguatera, researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and partners found that another substance exists in more easily detectable amounts and directly correlates to the amount of toxin the tiny plants have. Scientists have been on the hunt for an inexpensive means to detect ciguatera, which causes more human illness than all other species of harmful algae combined. It's toxic in extremely minute amounts, so any detection method must be very sensitive. For more information, contact Wayne Litaker.

NOAA Promotes Environmental Remediation Database (ORR, ONMS)

Representatives from the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the Office of Response and Restoration met with U.S. Coast Guard's Seventh District senior and general staff last week to present and review results of NOAA's Remediation of Underwater Legacy Environmental Threats (RULET) database compilation and assessment project. The database provides information for identifying potentially polluting sunken vessels that may contain recoverable oil. It is anticipated that information pertaining to these risks will be incorporated into local area contingency plans and, if warranted, additional assessment and monitoring may be conducted to determine any response needs. A presentation on RULET will be given at the Region 4 Regional Response Team meeting in South Carolina next month to introduce states and federal partners to the project. For more information, contact Bradford Benggio.

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