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Taylor Shellfish Farms has won the 2005 NOAA Excellence Award for Excellence in Business Leadership in Coastal and Ocean Resource Management. Administered by NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the award recognizes a business organization that has made significant contributions to improve the coastal or ocean environment and that demonstrates the ability to balance business interests with environmental needs. A ceremony to honor the organization and the other winners will take place on March 9, 2005 in Washington, D.C. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Taylor Shellfish Farms, located in Shelton, Wash., has been committed to sustainable growing practices and preserving clean water for more than 100 years. The company recently developed an “Environmental Code of Practices” to guide every aspect of their tideland farming. Serving on a number of boards and committees, Taylor owners and managers work closely with various partners to further coastal stewardship.
“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.
NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and to providing environmental stewardship of our Nation’s coastal and marine resources.
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