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What's New: February 2013

image of damaged beach house after Hurricane Sandy

NOS Update: Helping Communities Rebuild and Recover from Sandy

While the hybrid cyclone-nor'easter known as Hurricane Sandy is long over, the communities hit by the massive storm will be rebuilding and recovering for years to come. To aid in this effort, staff from throughout the National Ocean Service (NOS) are working in partnership with federal, state, and local partners to deliver coastal science, management, and operational expertise. More...

image of debris patch credit: U.S. Navy

Japan Tsunami Marine Debris Tweetchat

What types of debris are expected to reach U.S. shores and where? Is the debris radioactive? What should I do if I see debris? Get answers to these questions and more during our Japan Tsunami Marine Debris TweetChat. More...

Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center's Ocean Sentinel wave energy testing system off the coast of Newport

Oregon Plans for Offshore Marine Renewable Energy

Oregon has officially amended its Territorial Sea Plan to allow for siting of marine renewable energy development projects in state waters. More...

NOAA Office of Coast Survey Director Rear Adm. Gerd Glang and U.S. Power Squadrons Chief Commander John Alter sign the Memorandum of Agreement to extend a cooperative charting program

NOAA and U.S. Power Squadrons Renew Cooperative Charting Partnership

On Feb. 6, Rear Adm. Gerd Glang, director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey sat down with John Alter, chief commander of the U.S. Power Squadrons (USPS) to sign a Memorandum of Agreement that improves a cooperative charting program that began 50 years ago, in 1963. More...

Red grouper and coral

Study Finds Tortugas Ecological Reserve Yields More Fish

A new NOAA research report finds that both fish populations and commercial and recreational anglers have benefitted from "no-take" protections in the Tortugas Ecological Reserve in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. More...

Holly Bamford

Bamford Named New NOAA Assistant Administrator for National Ocean Service

Holly A. Bamford, Ph.D., has been named the new assistant NOAA administrator for the agency’s National Ocean Service, succeeding David M. Kennedy who was named the new NOAA deputy under secretary for operations. Prior to her appointment, Bamford served as deputy assistant administrator for NOS. More...