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Flower Garden Banks Sanctuary advisors sought

The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for four (4) seats on its advisory council, a community-based group of individuals that provide advice for sanctuary management. The sanctuary is accepting applications for the following council seats:  education, oil & gas operations, recreational diving, and research.   Information and application materials are available Read More

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SECOORA Job Opportunity

The Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) is seeking a professional to serve as our Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System (RCOOS) Manager. Primary Job Duties include:   Completing and maintaining a build-out plan for SECOORA’s RCOOS Leading and managing the RCOOS Leading and managing SECOORA’s Data Management and Communications Supporting proposal development, member recruitment, Read More

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Public Comment Opportunity – Expansion of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

A Notice of Intent to solicit public input and prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the expansion of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary was published in the Federal Register.  You can find the Federal Register notice here. Public comments related to this action must be received by April 6, 2015. You can Read More

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Public comment period for NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program’s science plan closes MONDAY 12/15.

Monday, December 15, 2014 is the last day to submit public comment for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program’s science plan. To have your expertise heard, electronic comments can be submitted via email to noaarestorescience@noaa.gov. Written comments can be mailed to Dr. Becky Allee; NOAA OCM – Gulf Coast; Bldg. 1100, Rm 232; Stennis Space Read More

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BOEM meeting

BOEM preparing a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for proposed lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico off the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, beginning with Central Planning Area (CPA) Lease Sale 241 in 2016, Eastern Planning Area (EPA) Lease Sale 226 in 2016, and CPA Sale 247 in 2017.  EPA 226 site Read More

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Legislation

S.1254: Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2014 was signed by President on June 30. Authorizes over $20M to include maintaining and enhancing “a national harmful algal bloom and hypoxia program” — bill at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s1254/text. Program is to be led by NOAA and a national task force, similar to Gulf Read More