A SUCCESS Story - Interest in Deep-Sea
Corals is Growing!!
This story entered on 25th Mar, 2003 09:00:17 AM PST
On March 14, 2003, two events, a NOAA Briefing and a
House Oceans Caucus Luncheon, highlighted deep-sea corals. The purpose
of the two events was to raise the awareness on issues related to
deep, cold-water corals to our leaders in NOAA and the United States
Attendance at both events was outstanding! Over 100
NOAA employees attended the NOAA Briefing. While over 80 individuals,
including congressional staffers, NOAA and Smithsonian Institution
staff, non-governmental organizations, and media, attended the House
Oceans Caucus Luncheon.
Both events expressed the importance of the need to
locate and learn more about deep-sea corals, as they are unique
and fragile habitats that may serve as essential fish habitat.
The following individuals gave opening speeches at the
two events, respectively:
Peter Heffernan, Ph.D., Chief Executive, Marine Institute,
House Oceans Caucus Luncheon:
Tim Keeney, DAS for Oceans and Atmosphere, NOAA
David L. Evans, Ph.D., Undersecretary of Science, Smithsonian Institution
Talks were presented at both events by:
Dr. Stephen Cairns, Smithsonian Institution
Dr. Ken Sulak, USGS
Dr. Peter Auster, National Undersea Research Center at the University
Dr. Mike Risk, McMaster University
Dr. Anthony Grehan, Irish Coral Reef Task Force, Chair/National
University of Ireland
The NOAA Briefing and the House Oceans Caucus Luncheon were sponsored
by NOAA's Undersea Research Program (NURP), the Office of Ocean
Exploration, and NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology.
Name: Kimberly Puglise