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NOAA: July Temperature Below-Average for the U.S.

The July 2009 temperature for the contiguous United States was below the long-term average, based on records going back to 1895, according to a preliminary analysis by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.

Joint Federal and State Investigation Stops Illegal Fishing in Channel Islands Sanctuary

The owners and operators of the commercial fishing vessel Risa Lynn will pay a $10,000 civil penalty as a settlement for illegally fishing in a marine protected area off the Santa Barbara coastline in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

NOAA Joins Other U.S. Agencies and Canada to Survey the Arctic Continental Shelf

NOAA will join a multi-agency joint expedition that will bring together icebreakers from the U.S. and Canada to collect and share data useful to both countries in defining the full extent of the Arctic continental shelf.

NOAA Lowers Hurricane Season Outlook, Cautions Public Not to Let Down Guard

According to its August Atlantic hurricane season outlook, NOAA now expects a near- to below-normal Atlantic hurricane season, as the calming effects of El Niño continue to develop. But scientists say the season’s quiet start does not guarantee quiet times ahead. The season, which began June 1, is entering its historical peak period of August through October, when most storms form.

NOAA and Partners to Survey Ships Sunk off North Carolina in World War II

NOAA will lead a three-week research expedition in August to study World War II shipwrecks sunk in 1942 off the coast of North Carolina during the Battle of the Atlantic.

NOAA Selects Newport, Ore., as New Home of Marine Operations Center-Pacific

NOAA has selected the Port of Newport, Ore., to be the new home of the agency’s Marine Operations Center-Pacific beginning in 2011 pending the signing of a 20-year lease.

Fisheries Service Proposes New Rules to Safeguard Puget Sound’s Killer Whales

NOAA’s Fisheries Service is proposing new rules on vessel traffic aimed at further protecting Southern Resident killer whales in Washington’s Puget Sound. These large marine mammals, the subject of intense curiosity from kayakers to tourists crowding the decks of commercial whale-watching vessels, were added to the Endangered Species list in late 2005.

NOAA Awards Nine NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowships

The 2009 class of nine NOAA's Fisheries Service/Sea Grant fellowships is the largest in the history of the program. Among the multi-year doctoral fellows, seven are studying population dynamics and two are studying marine resource economics.

Smaller Than Expected, But Severe, Dead Zone in Gulf of Mexico

NOAA-supported scientists found the size of this year’s Gulf of Mexico dead zone to be smaller than forecasted, measuring 3,000 square miles. However the dead zone, which is usually limited to water just above the sea floor, was severe where it did occur, extending closer to the water surface than in most years.

NOAA Proposes Measures to Rebuild Blacknose and Other Shark Populations

NOAA’s Fisheries Serviceis proposing several measures to end overfishing and rebuild blacknose sharks and other shark populations. Nine public hearings will be held on the proposal, from New England to the Gulf of Mexico, in August and September.

NOAA Awards Emergency Funding to Aid New England Red Tide Response

NOAA is taking steps to respond to the New England red tide in the Gulf of Maine which has caused a near-complete shutdown of shellfish harvesting in Maine. Today the agency awarded $121,000 to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in partnership with the University of Maine to conduct research cruises to monitor the toxins. The information obtained will help managers determine how long the severe red tide conditions may last, if there are regions where the bloom is receding, and whether the bloom will expand to new areas.

NOAA Report: Saltwater Angling a Sign of Coastal Vitality

Saltwater recreational fishing continued to provide important economic benefits to America’s coastal communities in 2008, bringing fishermen to the shore to reel in fish, book spots on charter and party boats, buy bait and tackle, stay in local inns and eat at local restaurants, according to a report issued this week by NOAA’s Fisheries Service.

NOAA Asks Mariners to Safeguard Pacific Data Buoys

NOAA’s National Weather Service is asking the marine community to help safeguard its offshore buoys — which provide meteorologists with critical data for weather and tsunami forecasts — following a series of incidents where buoys were damaged or cut from their moorings.

NOAA: Coral Bleaching Likely in Caribbean

Scientists from NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch Program say conditions are favorable for significant coral bleaching and infectious coral disease outbreaks in the Caribbean, especially in the Lesser Antilles. The forecast is based on the July NOAA Coral Reef Watch outlook, which expects continued high water temperatures through October 2009.

Dutch Harbor-Unalaska, Alaska and New Bedford, Mass., Remain Top Fishing Ports

Commercial fishermen unloaded 612.7 million pounds of fish and shellfish at the port of Dutch Harbor-Unalaska, Alaska, in 2008, mostly pollock, making it the country’s top port for the amount of fish landed for the 20th consecutive year, NOAA’s Fisheries Service announced today.

NOAA to Study Ocean Currents near Former Munitions Disposal Sites in Hawaii

NOAA will place ocean current monitoring sensors at two former military munitions disposal sites off Oahu this week as part of an ongoing effort to assess the potential impact of sea-disposed military munitions in Hawaii.

NOAA Issues Request for Proposals for New Fisheries Survey Vessel

NOAA has issued a Request for Proposals for construction of NOAA’s newest fisheries survey vessel, the fifth in its state-of-the-art Oscar Dyson vessels class designed for 40-day mission science deployments.

Extreme Weather Information Tip-sheet Available for Florida East Coast Residents

Emergency management and severe weather contact information for Florida’s Atlantic coast is now available in an easily read tip-sheet. Part of the popular NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheet series, this one-page document contains critical phone numbers and Web site information residents can use during potentially life-threatening weather emergencies.

Scientists Report First Remote, Underwater Detection of Harmful Algae, Toxins

Scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have successfully conducted the first remote detection of a harmful algal species and its toxin below the ocean’s surface. The achievement was recently reported in the June issue of Oceanography.

New Commander to Direct NOAA’s Aircraft Operations

NOAA Corps Capt. William B. Kearse assumed command of the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center in Tampa, Fla. The center, located on MacDill Air Force Base, is home to most of NOAA’s 14 research aircraft, including the NOAA WP-3D Orion “hurricane hunter” aircraft and Gulfstream-IV hurricane surveillance jet.
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