During the month of April, the NOPP office provided support to both the IWG-OP and IWG-FI as they planned partnership activities and implemented aspects of the National Ocean Policy. A major partnership activity that took place in April was the first annual meeting of the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network projects. This meeting brought together representatives from partnering agencies and principle investigators from the University of Southern Florida, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks to identify challenges, begin to set milestones, and chart a way forward for the five-year timeline.
In an effort to stay abreast of the most pressing ocean issues, the NOPP office staff attended the following briefings and congressional hearings during April:
- Briefing: UNEP/GEF Blue Forest Project
- Briefing: The Road to Iqaluit: The Arctic Agenda on the Eve of the U.S. Chairmanship
- Briefing: From Risk to Resilience: Fortifying U.S. Communities in the Face of Climate Change
- Briefing: Marine Ecology and Maritime Criminal Law
- S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources Oversight Hearing: Innovations in Safety Since the 2010 Macondo Incident
- S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Hearing: Five Years After Deepwater Horizon: Improvements and Challenges in Prevention and Response
- S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources Oversight Hearing: Zero Accountability: The Consequences of Politically Driven Science
The NOPP is continuing to update our website. We are currently integrating our archive of annual NOPP reports into the project listings on our website; until this work is fully completed you can access this archive on our interim page.