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We've got an oldie but a goodie lined up for the final podcast of 2012. Did you know that the National Ocean Service helps to ensure that Santa doesn't get lost on his journey around the nation? Here's an episode that originally aired way back in 2008 about Santa and the National Geodetic Survey. Enjoy!

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The new year will bring many exciting and interesting events that promote diversity awareness. These programs recognize the achievements and contributions made by members of specific racial, ethnic, or gender groups in our society. Visit the NOS Special Emphasis Program page to learn about special days and monthly observances in 2013.

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NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Newsletter

December 20, 2012



Hi folks,

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As I've noted before, the men and women of NOS are incredibly generous. In addition to a very successful CFC campaign this year, people give of their time, talent, and treasure in countless ways. I witnessed a great example of this generosity when I visited the Office of Response and Restoration's (OR&R) holiday party in Silver Spring this year.

Every year at this time, OR&R sponsors a family or charity as a way of giving back to the community. In the wake of the recent Superstorm Sandy, they decided to provide donations to a nonprofit organization that was impacted by the storm. They selected Covenant House New Jersey. This organization provides shelter and support services for youth and displaced families.

The Covenant House location in Atlantic City—which typically houses 250 occupants—was devastated by the storm. That meant the occupants, which include youth, young mothers, and more than 100 infants and toddlers, were again facing life on the streets. Sister locations accepted the occupants and Covenant House New Jersey is now sheltering more than 1,000 homeless youth from storm-affected cities.

To support this organization, OR&R designed a giving tree to invite donations from staff members. The items included gift cards from Home Depot; bottled water; non-perishable food; baby clothes; blankets; pajamas; and cold-weather gear like hats, scarves, and gloves. A group of OR&R employees even drove the items to Atlantic City to deliver the donations. This is really impressive.

As we prepare for the holidays, I'd like to say hats off to the folks in OR&R for their generosity and also a very big thank you to all in NOS who are so generous to those in need.

By the way, the NOS Weekly will take next week off. We'll resume the usual schedule next year on January 3.

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday,

David Kennedy
Assistant Administrator
National Ocean Service

Web Highlight

We've got an oldie but a goodie lined up for the final podcast of 2012. Did you know that the National Ocean Service helps to ensure that Santa doesn't get lost on his journey around the nation? Here's an episode that originally aired way back in 2008 about Santa and the National Geodetic Survey. Enjoy!

Web Highlight

For Employees

NOS For Employees website

The new year will bring many exciting and interesting events that promote diversity awareness. These programs recognize the achievements and contributions made by members of specific racial, ethnic, or gender groups in our society. Visit the NOS Special Emphasis Program page to learn about special days and monthly observances in 2013.

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NERRS Staff Receive Coastal Climate Vulnerability Training (OCRM,CSC)

At the National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) 2012 annual meeting held in late November, attendees participated in the first 'coastal focused' Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment training program. Based on a guide produced by the National Wildlife Federation, "Scanning the Horizon: A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment," the training focused on helping participants understand the elements of vulnerability assessment using coastal habitats, ecosystems, and management issues as a platform for learning. The course was coordinated and developed by experts that produced the initial guide along with coastal professionals from the reserve system, the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, Coastal Services Center, and other protected area program representatives. The two-day training was attended by NERR staff members, as well as representatives from the Marine Protected Areas Center, the National Wildlife Refuge System, the National Estuary Program, and the National Park System, providing opportunities for dialogue and coordination across federal protected area programs on this important issue. For more info, contact Erica Seiden.

IOOS® Regional Organization Changes Name (IOOS)

The non-profit organization that represents the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) regional associations now has a new name. The former National Federation of Regional Associations is now known as the IOOS Association. The organization's Board of Directors voted for the name change last month. The IOOS Association plans to roll out a new website and logo in the coming months. For more information, contact Scott Kuester.

Protocol Helps NOAA Reopen Georges Bank for Shellfish Harvesting (NCCOS)

NOAA now allows clam harvests in an area of Georges Bank which was off limits for the last 22 years to protect people from algal toxins. The decision centers on a two-part testing protocol that commercial fishermen and labs will use before bringing a catch to market. Once the haul arrives at the dock, Food and Drug Administration-approved labs confirm the test's accuracy before allowing the clams to go on sale. Investigators, led by scientists funded in part by NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, developed and validated the tests to ensure the harvests are safe to eat, and re-opened over 6,000 square miles of sea floor. For more information, contact Quay Dortch.

Sanctuary Advisory Council Chairs and Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee Collaborate (ONMS)

The 2012 National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Summit and the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) meeting took place Dec. 4-6 in Santa Cruz, Calif. The Summit included advisory council members from across the National Marine Sanctuary System that advise each Sanctuary; the FAC includes representatives of diverse stakeholder groups that advise NOAA and the Department of Interior on marine protected area issues at the national level. On Dec. 5, more than 70 Council and FAC members joined up to discuss advancing marine protected area engagement with the recreation, travel, and tourism industries. Participants also explored how marine protected areas should showcase their value and expand their reach to business communities. The advisory council summit produced specific goals and strategies to improve the effectiveness of national marine sanctuaries going forward, while the FAC produced workplans on engaging stakeholders and the broader public, and on the role of marine protected areas in supporting sustainable coastal tourism and recreation. For more information, contact Rebecca Holyoke.

A New Guide to Planning for Project Evaluation (CSC)

The NOAA Coastal Services Center has released a new publication entitled "Planning for Meaningful Evaluation." The document summarizes a process on planning for a project or program evaluation, and it illustrates many key concepts using examples from the coastal management field. Topics covered include determining an evaluation question, creating effective performance measures, and designing data collection and analysis. This publication is the newest in a series on social science tools and methods. For more information, contact Zac Hart.

NOAA Hosts Webinar at Recent U.N. Workshop (OR&R)

During the week of Dec. 3, the NOAA Marine Debris Program hosted a pre-workshop webinar at the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Regional Office of North America Marine Litter Workshop for North America. The webinar focused on NOAA's efforts to asses, prevent, and reduce impacts of marine debris in the U.S. and internationally. The workshop, organized by UNEP and the Natural Resources Defense Council, brought together the marine debris community in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., to discuss the success and difficulties in applying existing marine debris laws, policies, and practices at regional, national, and international levels. For more information, contact Jason Landrum.

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