NOAA 2007-R901
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Noting significant advances in habitat protection, fisheries conservation and hazard mitigation, the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today touted the agencies accomplishments in 2006.

“Every day NOAA’s mission touches the lives of nearly every American and I am proud that in 2006 we delivered significant results,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “Our successes would not have been possible without the strong support from the President and Congress and the invaluable work of our many public and private sector partners at the local, state and federal levels.”

Highlights from the past year include:

  • President George W. Bush designated the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands as a marine national monument, creating the world’s largest marine conservation area in order to permanently protect the area’s pristine coral reefs and unique marine species.
  • NOAA and the Department of Homeland Security collaborated on a program to place a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards in every public school in America.
  • NOAA worked closely with Congress to successfully pass the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act. The reauthorized Magnuson-Stevens Act strengthens NOAA’s ability to end overfishing and rebuild fish stocks.
  • NOAA joined the government of Thailand in deploying the first Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami (DART) buoy station in the Indian Ocean. NOAA built and provided the DART station with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development.
  • NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, designed new, easy-to-deploy DART buoys, which provide two-way communication capabilities allowing engineers the ability to troubleshoot these systems from the lab and repair the systems remotely when possible.
  • The U.S. Tsunami Warning Program reached its initial operating capability with the deployment of the twenty-third DART buoy in the western Pacific Ocean.
  • NOAA established the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) Office at the Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colo., to provide a real-time status report on the current levels and future risks of drought in any given location and establish coordinated planning and preparedness measures for the Nation.
  • NOAA mounted a multi-pronged effort to address fishery-related impacts as a result of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico including awarding $128 million to reseed and restore oyster beds and to conduct fisheries monitoring in the Gulf.
  • Two satellite launches this year, GOES-N in May and the European MetOp-A polar-orbiting satellite in October, helped ensure continued access to geostationary and polar-orbiting satellite data.
  • NOAA’s National Ocean Service began implementation of the Hazards and Marine Debris Survey project in Biloxi Bay, Miss., to search, detect, and report on any submerged objects left by Hurricane Katrina that pose a risk to commercial shipping navigation, as well as fishing and shrimping vessels.
  • In June VT Halter Marine, Inc. began construction of the last of four new fisheries survey vessels. Also in June, the keel laying ceremony for FSV 3, PISCES occurred and in July, NOAA accepted delivery of FSV 2, HENRY B. BIGELOW. In September, NOAA exercised the detailed design and construction portion of the SWATH Coastal Mapping Vessel contract.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is celebrating 200 years of science and service to the nation. From the establishment of the Survey of the Coast in 1807 by Thomas Jefferson to the formation of the Weather Bureau and the Commission of Fish and Fisheries in the 1870s, much of America's scientific heritage is rooted in NOAA.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 60 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.

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