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Contact: Bill Zahner


Federal, state and local officials will gather in Atlantic Beach, N.C., Saturday to mark the 100th anniversary of the nearby National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Center for Coastal Fisheries and Marine Habitat Research at Beaufort -- commonly called the NOAA Beaufort Laboratory.

The Beaufort facility is the second oldest federal marine research laboratory in the United States. It is one of several NOAA National Ocean Service laboratories known collectively as the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science.

"The Beaufort laboratory's original mandate was to conduct marine biological research and to develop methods for raising commercially important fish in captivity," said NOAA's Scott Gudes, deputy under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere. "Over the past century, the laboratory has developed a worldwide reputation for conducting research that helps improve conservation of our nation's living marine resources. Our Beaufort laboratory, with its outstanding staff, is a real national treasure that provides resource managers around the country with essential information to manage and conserve fisheries, protected species, and critical fisheries habitat," he said.

Saturday's centennial dinner in Atlantic Beach was organized by the National Ocean Service and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service and gives officials an opportunity to honor the notable contributions to marine research made by current and former scientists and administrators of the facility.