NOAA 2004-R971
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8/10/04

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NOAA AWARDS MORE THAN $2.4 MILLION TO THE PACIFIC STATES MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION TO RUN FISHERIES DATA PROGRAM

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded $2,420,000 to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission to fund the Pacific Fisheries Information Network. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The network, known as PacFIN, is a cooperative effort funded by annual grants from NOAA to provide fishery data to all fishery managers in Washington, Oregon and California. PacFIN provides timely and accurate data essential for effective fisheries management. It is the nation’s first regional fisheries data network and provides information enabling agencies and industries to track commercial fish catches by area and manage and plan more effectively. Data from fisheries in ocean areas off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska and British Columbia are provided to the PacFIN central database. Included in that data are fish-ticket and vessel registration data provided by the Washington, Oregon and California State fishery agencies.

“This network of dedicated agencies and organizations allows for the efficient dissemination of important data and information regarding Pacific fisheries. The NOAA grant supports the coordination of these efforts and enables fishery managers to make timely and responsible decisions,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “NOAA and the Bush Administration are working to improve the understanding of our environment and to strengthen local and regional initiatives like the PacFIN network in the Pacific.”

Each year, NOAA awards approximately $900 million in grants 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 the past 34 years.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. To learn more about NOAA, please visit http://www.noaa.gov.

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