New National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Michigan
A new sanctuary co-managed by NOAA and Wisconsin protects 36 historically significant shipwrecks.
The Philadelphia Eagles football team will expand mangrove and seagrass restoration efforts at Puerto Rico’s Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in order to offset travel-related emissions, in a partnership with the Ocean Conservancy and The Ocean Foundation. About this image: Even before this agreement, teams working through NOAA’s Science Collaborative have been surveying healthy and degraded mangrove systems in Puerto Rico with an eye toward restoration. Credit: Ernesto Olivares, courtesy of NOAA Science Collaborative
What do harmful algal blooms, dust from the Saharan desert, and hurricanes have in common? They are all pieces of the puzzle that modeling puts together to give us the big picture when it comes to studying and understanding our ocean and coasts. In part one of this podcast, we take a deep dive into why modeling is important, what kind of data is provided, and how collaboration with stakeholders strengthens our knowledge base. In part two, we continue our conversation about how modeling supports NOAA mission areas and supports coastal communities.
On June 15, 2006, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument was designated by President George Bush, creating the largest marine conservation area on Earth at the time. A year later, it was given its Hawaiian name, Papahānaumokuākea. Papahānaumoku is a mother figure personified by the earth and Wākea is a father figure personified in the expansive sky; the two are honored and recognized ancestors of native Hawaiian people.
For some, marine debris may simply be an unsightly inconvenience, but for many people around the world it is a critical problem that can affect all aspects of life. This is particularly true for indigenous communities. Community regional expertise on the impacts of marine debris and nuanced relationships with the environment shape many NOAA Marine Debris Program-supported projects around the country.
In this video message, NOS Assistant Administrator Nicole LeBoeuf celebrates World Ocean Day and National Ocean Month, notes NOAA's participation in the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and Capitol Hill Ocean Week, and discusses how NOS is contributing to diversity, inclusion, and environmental justice.
NOAA invests in the environment—and communities. We use our scientific expertise, and funding from pollution settlements, to restore habitats impacted by oil spills and hazardous waste releases. In turn, restoration helps communities who rely on the resources and services habitats provide. Settlements after pollution events can provide opportunities to fund restoration. Restoration comes in many forms, and is designed to help the environment recover, and restore recreational opportunities like fishing and boating. Some projects rebuild wetlands, estuaries or coral reefs.
View the 2020 NOS Science Report for summaries of selected scientific projects undertaken by National Ocean Service program offices during Fiscal Year 2020.
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