NOAA: About 20 pilot whales found dead off southwest Fla. coast as number of strandings rises
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced several measures to address China’s action on shellfish imports and to ensure the safety of shellfish from Washington’s waters. On December 5, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) notified the state that China had banned imports of all “molluscan” shellfish (clams,…
The NOAA Marine Debris Program’s annual “Keep the Sea Free of Debris” Art Contest for grades K-8 is now open. Students can submit artwork from November 7th through December 19th.
This year, the NOAA MDP wants to know:
The winners of the contest will be featured in the 2015 marine debris calendar to help raise awareness year-round and remind us all that we can solve the marine debris problem every day.
Help us spread the word and raise awareness about marine debris by passing along the art contest information to your local schools. For a complete list of contest rules, visit http://www.marinedebris.noaa.gov and download the student entry form and art contest flyer.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Mark Begich (D-AK) applauded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) swift action to open the Bristol Bay Red King Crab Fishery to Washington state and Alaska crab fishermen. NOAA will issue quota permits for each crab vessel and fishing should begin this weekend.
Located in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, the fishery was set to open on October 15. Due to the government shutdown, NOAA could not issue permits that authorize crews to fish for Alaska Red King Crab. The Bristol Bay Red King Crab Fishery has 80 boats employing 500 fishermen; approximately 50 of those boats are based in Seattle.
“This is great news for Pacific Northwest fishing jobs,” said Cantwell. “Last week on Capitol Hill, Captain Keith Colburn clearly showed the damage that the unnecessary government shutdown could cause to family fishing businesses. Today, Senator Begich and I are glad to announce that Captain Colburn and hundreds of Northwest fishermen can get back to work. I applaud NOAA for making our fishing jobs a top priority as we reopen the government.”
OLYMPIA, Wash. – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is soliciting applications for land acquisition projects (fee simple interest or conservation easements) through their Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP). The purpose is protection of coastal and estuarine areas that have significant value or that are threatened by conversion. Applications must be submitted through the Department of Ecology.
CELCP was authorized “for the purpose of protecting important coastal and estuarine areas that have significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, or aesthetic values, or that are threatened by conversion from their natural, undeveloped, or recreational state to other uses.”
CAMP MURRAY, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed October as Washington State Disaster Preparedness Month and NOAA Weather Radio Awareness Month. In keeping with the proclamation, local jurisdictions, individuals, schools and businesses across the state will promote all-hazard preparedness throughout the month.
Highlight of the month is the Great Washington Shakeout “drop, cover and hold on” earthquake drill on Oct. 17 at 10:17 a.m. The drill will emphasize the urgent need for people, organizations, schools, communities and businesses to practice what to do to be safe during an earthquake, and how to be ready before an earthquake strikes. In addition, coastal communities will test their tsunami alert sirens at the same time.
“Earthquakes are one of the greatest hazards in our state,” said Robert Ezelle, director of the Emergency Management Division of the Washington Military Department. “The good thing about the Great Washington Shakeout is that so many members of the public will come out of it better prepared not only for quakes, but for other significant hazards such as tsunamis, floods, winter storms and acts of terror.”
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A federal agency is providing nearly $1 million in grants to support marine debris cleanup projects in U.S. coastal regions.
NOAA says in a release that the funding will be used to remove derelict vessels, trash, tires and other debris from coastal waters and shorelines. NOAA says the projects were chosen from among 46 applications requesting a total of nearly $5 million in funding.
Cleanup projects sharing in the $967,000 in approved funding are in Alabama, Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, New York, North Carolina, Washington state and Puerto Rico.
Applications are due Nov. 1 for the next funding cycle. It is not yet clear how much money will be available for that next round.