I’d like to take a moment to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments across our programs in FY 2016. More than 40 examples of our success appear in the newly released Fiscal Year 2016 Year in Review. Following is a preview of a few of the activities you can read about in the report. In FY 2016, NOS:
Supported expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to cover almost 600,000 square miles
Launched new tools to expand the availability and discovery of integrated ocean observing data
Launched a new service for downloading nautical chart updates, dramatically reducing the bandwidth requirements necessary to keep a vessel’s chart suite up to date
Worked with our partners to produce the 1,400-page Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan/Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The report was the basis for the record settlement of $8.8 billion for the restoration of injured natural resources between the natural resource trustees and BP
Added four new hurricane-hardened water level stations in the Gulf of Mexico
Exceeded 50 percent of total coverage for the Gravity for the Redefinition of the American Vertical Datum to facilitate the creation of a new national vertical reference system slated for launch in 2022
Provided more than 5,000 professionals with coastal management educational opportunities
Developed a new offshore aquaculture planning tool and demonstrated that oyster aquaculture can improve water quality as well as meet the demand for seafood
Completed a science evaluation to gain a better understanding of how stakeholders use the data, tools, and products provided by NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program.
W. Russell Callender, Ph.D.
Assistant Administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal
Zone Management, National Ocean Service