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Comments Requested: South Atlantic Red Snapper Fishery Plan (NOAA)

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries Service) is seeking public comment on the proposed rule that would implement Amendment 17A to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Amendment 17A), which addresses overfishing of red snapper in the South Atlantic. The comment period ends September 27, 2010. View the bulletin here.



- Funding Opportunity: Broad Agency Announcement (NOAA FY2010-2011)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration invites proposals for extramural research, innovative projects, and sponsorships (e.g., conferences, newsletters etc.) that address one or more of the following five mission goals:

  1. Protect, Restore, and Manage the Use of Coastal and Ocean Resources through an Ecosystem Approach to Management;
  2. Understand Climate Variability and Change to Enhance Society’s Ability to Plan and Respond;
  3. Serve Society’s Needs for Weather and Water Information;
  4. Support the Nation’s Commerce with Information for Safe, Efficient, and Environmentally Sound Transportation; and
  5. Provide Critical Support for NOAA’s Mission.

This BAA is a mechanism to encourage research, education and outreach, innovative projects, or sponsorships that are not addressed through NOAA's competitive discretionary programs. Code: NOAA-NFA-NFAPO-2010-2002272. Deadline: September 30, 2011. http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=51101  Attachment(s):  [federalregister-NOAA-baa-2010-2011.pdf]




- Fellowship: NERRS Graduate Research Fellowship (NOAA)

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) consists of estuarine areas of the United States and its territories which are designated and managed for research and educational purposes. Each reserve within the system is chosen to reflect regional differences and to include a variety of ecosystem types. As part of a national system, the reserves collectively provide an excellent opportunity to address research questions and estuarine management issues of national significance. For detailed descriptions of the sites, refer to the NERR Web site at http://www.nerrs.noaa.gov/fellowship or contact the site staff. Deadline: November 1. For more information about the funding opportunity, please visit -- http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=55984

- Funding Opportunity: Regional Ocean Partnership Funding Program - FY2011 (NOAA)

NOAA is soliciting proposals for competitive funding for Regional Ocean Partnerships that include or emphasize regional Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) efforts. This competition is focused on advancing effective coastal and ocean management through regional ocean governance and the goals for national ocean policy set out in the July 2010 Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, which includes a national CMSP Framework. The Regional Ocean Partnership Funding Program (ROPFP) will support two categories of activities: (1) Implementation of activities that contribute to achieving the priorities identified by Regional Ocean Partnerships (ROPs) while also advancing CMSP as envisioned in the national CMSP Framework; and (2) ROP Development and Governance Support for administration and operations of existing ROPs, and for start-up costs of those regions beginning ROPs. Deadline: December 10, 2010. For more information, please visit the Grants.gov synopsis.


- Funding Opportunity: Coastal Incentive Grants (Ga DNR)

The Coastal Management Program of Georgia's Department of Natural Resource has issued a request for proposals for cycle 14 (2011-2012) Coastal Incentive Grants. The RFP is available here. The themes for this funding cycle are:

  • Protection, Conservation and/or Management of Coastal Water Resources
  • Protection and/or Restoration of Coastal Habitats
  • Disaster-Resilient Communities and Coastal Hazards
  • Improve and/or Create Public Access to Coastal Natural Resources
  • Sustainable Community Development
  • Promotion of Eco-Heritage Tourism and/or Protection of Ecological-Heritage Resources

Proposals are due January 14th, 2011. For more information, please visit the Ga DNR-Coastal Resources Division website, http://coastalgadnr.org/


- New Document: Adapting to Climate Change (NOAA - OCRM)

NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management has developed “Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers” to help U.S. state and territorial (states) coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the risks associated with climate change impacts affecting their coasts. The guide was written in response to a request from state coastal managers for guidance from NOAA on adaptation planning in the coastal zone and is intended as an aid, not as a prescriptive directive, and a state may choose to use individual steps or chapters or the entire guide, depending on where they are in their planning process.




- Workshop Materials Available: Planning for Climate Change (NERRS)

Materials are now available for Planning for Climate Change, a workshop that was developed as a national project for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). The workshop is geared primarily toward shoreline planners and developed so that Coastal Training Programs (and other agencies) around the country can customize the workshop and use it as part of their educational efforts regarding climate change. It was piloted twice (in Washington State) and, while it lays a foundation in current climate research, it primarily addresses the fundamentals of how to prepare and adapt to the anticipated impacts of climate change. Workshop materials, evaluation results, lessons learned, PowerPoint presentations, and streaming video of the training sessions are all posted on the NERRS website: http://nerrs.noaa.gov/Training/padillabay/project.html.


- Fellowship: Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program (National Academies)

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program within the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Academies is designed to engage graduate science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, public policy, and law students in the analytical process that informs the creation of national policy-making with a science/technology element. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and those who have completed graduate studies or postdoctoral research in any social/behavioral science, medical/health discipline, physical or biological science, any field of engineering, law/business/public administration, or any relevant interdisciplinary field within the last five years are eligible to apply. A stipend of $8,240 will be provided for the 12-week session to offset expenses. Deadline: May 1 and November 1, annually http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/policyfellows/index.htm


- Policy Paper: Adapting to Climate Change (The Pew Center)

The Pew Center on Global Climate Change has released a policy paper, Adapting to Climate Change: A Call for Federal Leadership. The full document is available here (PDF).



- New Tool: Marine Mapping Applications 

An updated version of the Multipurpose Marine Cadastre is now available.  Organizations use this online marine information system planning tool to screen coastal and marine spaces for new uses (including renewable energy projects and other offshore activities).  Users can pinpoint a location on a map and quickly access the associated legal, physical, ecological, and cultural information.  The new version uses Web map services, an improvement on the static data files of the past.  The updated version also contains additional marine habitat and seafloor data and improved analysis and rendering tools.  The Multipurpose Marine Cadastre is a multi-agency effort led by NOAA and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service.  For more information, visit www.csc.noaa.gov/mmc.  Contact: Adam Bode, Adam.Bode@noaa.gov, (843) 740-1265.


- Resource: Coastal & Estuarine Science News (Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation)

CESN provides summaries of selected articles from the Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation's journal, Estuaries and Coasts: An International Journal of Coastal Science. The summary articles emphasize management applications of the scientific findings.  These are the most recent CESN summary topics:

To subscribe by email, or read prior articles, please visit, http://www.erf.org/cesn-list


- Resource: Gulf of Mexico News (NOAA Ocean Service)

There are many Gulf-specific items here, but this comprehensive, monthly resource (from NOAA Ocean Service, Office of Ocean & Coastal Resource Management) also has lots to offer GCRC website visitors: funding information, scientific entries, government updates, etc. http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/news/gomexnews.html  


- New Document: Water Resources Data for Georgia, Water Year 2009 (USGS)

The U.S.Geological Survey Georgia Water Science Center is pleased to announce the availability of "Water Resources Data for Georgia, Water Year 2009" annual report.  This is a compilation of all streamflow, groundwater, and water-quality data collected by the USGS from October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009 throughout the State of Georgia. To access the interactive mapper function, go to: http://wdr.water.usgs.gov/adrgmap/index.html?state=ga


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