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Thursday, February 22, 2018

National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration News

Bill Introduced to Provide for NOAA

Representative Ehlers (R-MI) introduced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Act (H.R. 5450) to provide for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and for other purposes. If enacted, the bill would, among other things, require the Administrator to develop a proposed reorganization plan and publish it in the Federal Register to obtain public comment. Source: HK Law

NOAA Testing Prototype Data Buoy

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a press release

Oregon Inlet Jetty Proposal Terminated

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a News Release

Todd Shipyards to Overhaul NOAA Vessel

Todd Shipyards Corporation announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded to its wholly owned subsidiary, Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation, a $13,176,066 contract for the overhaul and conversion of the Ex USNS Capable (T-AGOS 16) which was transferred to NOAA by the United States Navy in September 2004. The overhaul and conversion when completed will allow the Capable to accomplish its new mission of research and deep ocean exploration. The contract period, during which the design, manufacturing, overhaul and conversion will be completed, is from August 2005 through July 2007. Initial design is anticipated to be completed by February 2006, which will coincide with the vessel's arrival at Todd Pacific's Seattle shipyard.

NOAA Issues RFI on Positioning, Navigation, and Timing

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a request for information (RFI) from commercial sources on behalf of the National Security Space Office (NSSO) to solicit information on positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) to assist the NSSO in developing an evolutionary path for a robust National PNT architecture for the 2025 time period. Source: HK Law

Ballast Water Treatment Technology Demonstration Program

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) are entertaining proposals to participate in ballast water treatment research and technology demonstration projects that address the problem of aquatic invasive species entering U.S. waters from ballast water. In 2002 only, it is expected that about $2.1 million will be made available to support qualifying projects, especially in the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay, and that several ships in the Ready Reserve Force Fleet will be made available to serve as test platforms. Proposals seeking funding must be submitted by July 22, 2002. Source: HK Law

Ocean Exploration Bill Introduced

Senator Stevens (R-AK) introduced a bill (S. 2280) to establish a coordinated national ocean exploration program within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Source: HK Law

NOAA – National Sea Grant Review Panel

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is soliciting nominations for membership on the National Sea Grant Review Panel. Resumes must be received by September 19. 72 Fed. Reg. 50100 Source: HK Law

Ship Assessed $565,796 for Coral Damage

Ship Assessed $565,796 for Coral Damage The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a News Release stating that a ship was assessed a total of $565,796 for coral damage caused by anchoring in a no-anchor zone in the Dry Tortugas Ecological Reserve of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. On the total, $100,000 was to pay for response and natural resource damage assessment, with the remainder for further monitoring and restoration. Source: HK Law

NOAA Launches On-line Chart Viewer

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched its On-line Chart Viewer. The service allows persons with Internet access to display virtually any nautical chart in the national suite. It also allows for panning and zooming. While not sufficient for navigational purposes, it is great for familiarization.

NOAA Rules on Anchoring Prohibition at Grays Reef

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a final rule for management of the Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary (NMS) off the coast of Georgia. Under this rule, vessels will be prohibited from anchoring within the sanctuary and fishing will be restricted. The effective date of the rule will be announced later. Source: HK Law

NOAA & FWS: Ship Reporting System Proposed

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) are proposing regulations for a ship reporting system for waters of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, located at the northwest end of the Hawaiian Island chain.  This action would implement measures adopted by the IMO.  Comments on the proposal should be submitted by August 6.  73 Fed. Reg. 38375  (HK Law).

National Ocean Policy Bill Introduced

Senator Hollings (D-SC) introduced a bill (S. 2647) to establish a national ocean policy, to set forth the missions of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to ensure effective interagency coordination, and for other purposes. (HK Law)

Senate to Conduct State of the Oceans 2006

On August 3, the Subcommittee on National Ocean Policy of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation will conduct a hearing on the State of the Oceans 2006. Subcommittee Chairman John Sununu will preside. Witnesses will include: - Honorable Vice Admiral (Ret) Conrad Lautenbacher, Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Hon. Leon Panetta, Co-Chairman, Joint Ocean Commission Initiative - Mr. Paul Kelly, Commissioner, U.S Commission on Ocean Policy - Mr. Mike Chrisman, Secretary, California Resources Agency - Mr. Michael Orbach, Director, Duke University Marine Laboratory

NOAA – Thunder Bay NMS Advisory Council

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is seeking applicants for membership on the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. Applications should be submitted by May 7. Source: HK Law

National Sea Grant Review Panel - Meeting

The National Sea Grant Review Panel, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet in Washington, DC on November 15-16. Topics on the agenda include program evaluation, strategic planning, and science and technology programs. 70 Fed. Reg. 66351 Source: HK Law

Value of Submarine Cables in National Marine Sanctuaries

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a Notice of Availability regarding the report entitled Fair Market Value Analysis for a Fiber Optic Cable Permit in National Marine Sanctuaries.

New PORTS program for Tacoma

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a News Release stating that the Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS) has been installed in the Port of Tacoma. PORTS provides real-time oceanographic and meteorological data for the local area. Source: HK Law

New Bill Re: Ocean Science Training

Senator Lautenberg (D-CT) introduced a bill (S. 1465) to strengthen programs relating to ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes science training by providing coordination of efforts, greater interagency cooperation, and the strengthening and expansion of related programs administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and to diversify the ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes science community by attracting underrepresented groups. (HK Law)

NOAA Discusses Budget Request

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discussed its portion of the FY07 budget request. Among other things, the proposal calls for $5.1 million for critical mapping, charting, and data improvements; $10.5 million to address survey backlogs; and $1.9 million for electronic navigation charts. Source: HK Law

NOAA Updates NowCOAST Web Portal

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has launched an updated version of the nowCOAST Web portal. NowCOAST is a Web mapping portal providing users with real-time observations and NOAA forecasts. source: HK Law

NOAA – GPS Affected by Solar Radio Bursts

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that solar radio bursts can have a serious impact on the Global Positioning System (GPS) and other communication technologies. A solar flare on December 6, 2006 caused a huge number of receivers to stop tracking the GPS signal. Source: HK Law

NOAA – WhalesSouth Ship Reporting

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued its WhalesSouth placard reminding owners, operators, and masters that the mandatory ship reporting system for the Georgia-Florida coast comes into effect on November 15 and remains in effect until April 16. Ships of 300 gross tons or more entering the designated area are required to report such entry in the manner provided for in the placard. This reporting requirement is based on the need to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whales, which winter in these waters. (Source: Holland & Knight)

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