NOAA 2003-R910
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded a grant totaling $873,661 to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to fund work and research that will include the planning and implementation of tagging and tag recovery programs and counting and sampling of fishery catches and spawning escapements for biological information. NOAA is an agency of the Department of Commerce.

“We are constantly working to improve the understanding of our environment and to strengthen local and regional initiatives like the Washington State tagging and tag recovery programs,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. With grants such as this, we are helping to advance knowledge by actively supporting efforts that reinforce the Bush Administration’s commitment to the environment.”

The research provides the legislatively required administrative management and applied research to support the U.S. Section of the Pacific Salmon Commission. It benefits the National Marine Fisheries Service mission by upholding the Pacific Salmon Treaty’s mandate and will provide the Commission with technical data and analysis and participation in its technical committees.

So far this year, NOAA has awarded more than 186 grants totaling $65 million to members of the academic, scientific and business communities to assist the agency in fulfilling its mission to study the Earth’s natural systems in order to predict environmental change, manage ocean resources, protect life and property, and provide decision makers with reliable scientific information. NOAA goals and programs reflect a commitment to these basic responsibilities of science and service to the nation for 33 years.

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