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Weekly News: March 2009

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New Omnibus Land Act Contains Key Provisions Related to National Ocean Service Programs

The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 30 contains several provisions related to ocean and coastal research, monitoring, and conservation—central responsibilities of NOS. We have a rundown of the highlights More...

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Scientists Explore Waters in the U.S. Caribbean

From March 25 through April 3, NOS scientists will embark on a scientific mission to study the coral reefs and fish habitats off the coast of Vieques, Puerto Rico. More...


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WaterLife: Where Rivers Meet the Sea

Want to learn about estuaries and the threats that endanger them AND have some fun? Check out NOS’s new educational online game: “WaterLife: Where Rivers Meet the Sea.” More...

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Exxon Valdez Oil SPill 20th Anniversary

Twenty years ago this month, nearly 11 million gallons of crude oil spilled into Alaska's Prince William Sound after the oil tanker Exxon Valdez grounded on a reef. It was and still is the single largest spill to ever occur along the coastal. More...

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New Study Links Sea Foam to Unexplained Seabird Deaths and Strandings in 2007

In 2007, hundreds of birds were found stranded or dead in California’s Monterey Bay, coated with an unknown yellow-green substance that was eating away at the protective covering on their feathers. A new study partly funded by NOAA reveals what happened. More...