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NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries (NOAA Fisheries) Alaska Region staff have been awarded seven bronze medals for exemplary work in scientific research, management and administration of the nation’s living marine resources. The awards were presented recently by Department of Commerce leaders. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an agency of the Commerce Department.
“These bronze medals were earned by hard work and dedication. I am a witness that the recipients truly deserve this honor, “ said Dr. James Balsiger, administrator of the Alaska region for NOAA Fisheries. “Not long ago, we also got news that employees in the region and Science Center earned a silver award for their work with Steller sea lions and fisheries management.”
Some medal recipients recently traveled to Silver Spring, Md. to receive their medals from retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator, at the headquarters of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Alaska earned seven of the 17 bronze medals awarded this year nation-wide to NOAA Fisheries.
Dr. Balsiger is himself set to receive an award for his excellent leadership directly from President George W. Bush later in the year.
Bronze medal programs and winners from the Alaska Region of NOAA Fisheries and from the Alaska Fisheries Science Center are:
The Department of Commerce’s Bronze Award is the highest honorary award given by NOAA. It is granted by the Administrator for a significant contribution to NOAA or the department.
NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) is dedicated to protecting and preserving our nation’s living marine resources through scientific research, management, enforcement, and the conservation of marine mammals and other protected marine species and their habitat.
To learn more about NOAA Fisheries in Alaska, please visit our website at: