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The beach at Kanapou Bay collects debris from throughout the Pacific Ocean. (Credit: NOAA Photo Library / Flickr)

Quest To Quench Ocean Trash Problem

The Oceans Caucus Foundation, with support from a number of organizations, hosted a Congressional briefing to discuss ongoing issues associated with marine debris and how to solve this global problem.

The Defense Department has been planning for climate change for more than a decade. (Credit: U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini M. Jones)

Navy Sees Future Gaps In Subs

At a hearing in front of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, the discussion centered not only the need to build more submarines but on the technological advances that will be required.

Representative Sam Farr (CA-20) supports ocean research and new fisheries technology (Credit: Wikimedia)

Exciting New Fisheries Technology

Representative Sam Farr (CA-20) opened the Marine Technology Society and the House Oceans Caucus Congressional briefing this week by noting his attempts over 28 years in Congress “trying to develop as much interest in the ocean as there is in space.”

The U.S. Coast Guard Polar Sea around McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, on Mar. 15, 2007 has now been decommissioned. (Credit: Kevin J. Neff/U.S. Coast Guard )

Coast Guard Actions In The Arctic

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, held a hearing on the Coast Guard’s implementation capabilities in the Arctic to outline the state of play in the region.

U.S. Marines from the 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Division return to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Dubuque (Credit: Defense.gov)

Senate Moves On Defense Authorization Bill

The Senate voted 90 to 7 in favor of moving the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 (S. 2943) to conference committee, where senators will meet with representatives to create one bill from this and the previously-passed House version, H.R. 4909.

The U.S. Capitol Building. (Credit: Architect of the Capitol.)

Ocean Policy Wrap Up for June 2016

Oceans month 2016 saw the reauthorization of the Freedom of Information Act become law, defense appropriations and COMPETES reauthorization advance, and a number of ocean-related bills be introduced in the House and Senate.

An oil drilling platform off the coast of Santa Barbara, CA - 6 December, 2011 (Credit: TheConduqtor / Wikimedia)

Should Offshore Energy Leases Be Available Online?

Technology has changed almost every aspect of American life, and some think it’s time for offshore leasing to receive an update as well. The Innovation in Offshore Leasing Act (H.R. 5577) would modernize the process, originally defined by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.

The night sky over the Pacific Ocean (Credit: Brocken Inaglory / Wikimedia)

Weather Satellite Programs For The Next Generation

The Environment Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing to examine current and future U.S. weather satellite systems, as well as the partnerships that facilitate accurate and timely forecasting.