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NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, announces the 13 winners of the 2005 Walter B. Jones Memorial and NOAA Awards for Excellence in Coastal and Ocean Management. The awards recognize individuals, graduate students, state and local governments, businesses and non-governmental organizations for their outstanding contributions to coastal stewardship. A ceremony to honor the award winners will take place on March 9, 2005, in Washington, D.C. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
“From coast to coast, remarkable people are making a difference. These awards honor the coastal and ocean stewards who dedicate countless hours and energy to conserving coastal resources and improving coastal communities,” said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.
Under the Coastal Zone Management Act, every two years NOAA honors the achievements and accomplishments of those who make noteworthy contributions in the management of the nation’s coast.
The awards were created to honor the late North Carolina Congressman Walter B. Jones. As chairman of the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, Congressman Jones was a strong supporter of the National Marine Fisheries Service and Coastal Zone Management. He provided leadership on numerous legislative initiatives addressing coastal and ocean issues ranging from commercial shipping to oil spill clean-up and prevention to flood insurance reform.
Three award categories are named in honor of Congressman Jones: Coastal Steward of the Year; Excellence in Local Government; and Excellence in Coastal and Marine Graduate Study. NOAA added five categories of Excellence Awards to recognize exceptional work in other areas important to the success of coastal and ocean resource management.
The winners are of the 2005 Walter B. Jones Memorial and NOAA Awards for Excellence in Coastal and Ocean Management are:
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2005 NOAA Excellence Award for Coastal and Ocean Resource Management:
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