Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing
 Regional Association
Weekly News Update    July 6, 2010 
In This Issue: SECOORA News | Oil Spill Updates | Job Announcements | Coming Events
Board Conference Call News
Due to many schedule conflicts, there was not a quorum for the recent SECOORA Board meeting.  The meeting focused on oil spill related activities and the schedule for the IOOS FFO.  The latest information regarding the IOOS Federal funding opportunity (FFO) announcement is that it will be released at some point in July.  The next SECOORA Board meeting is tentatively scheduled for September 29-30, 2010. 
Consolidated Land, Energy and Aquatic Resources (CLEAR) Act
The House Natural Resources Committee has introduced HR 3534, the Consolidated Land, Energy and Aquatic Resources (CLEAR) Act, in response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  NFRA has asked that the RAs garner support for the act via a support letter focusing on Section 605 of the bill. This creates a Ocean Resources Conservation and Assistance (ORCA) Fund from the lease and royalty payments from the outer continental shelf -- specifically Sec 605 (a)(3)(iii) that directs 20% of the ORCA funds to IOOS.  The letter is neutral on other aspects of the bill, which is a comprehensive energy bill. The letter does not address any other aspect of the bill. Please send your intentions to support the letter or requests for more information to Susannah Sheldon ( 
NFRA Executive Committee DC Meetings
The NFRA Executive Committee attended a series of meetings in Washington, D.C. June 23-25, 2010.  Conversations ranged from how to secure funding for IOOS for monitoring oil drilling, the outlook for FY11 and FY12 IOOS budgets, national ocean policy initiatives, meetings with other NOS programs and discussion with NOAA IOOS staff. These frequent trips to DC are proving effective in generating interest and support for the RAs and IOOS.
SECOORA Welcomes New Member: GA Aquarium
Welcome!  The Georgia Aquarium, represented by Dr. Greg Bossart, is the newest SECOORA member. 
Staff Changes
Megan Treml, SECOORA's part-time Communications Specialist for the past 10 months, is now on board full time as SECOORA Program Manager.  She will lead the organization's communications, including development of newsletters and maintenance of mailing lists; facilitate the Data Management and Communications committee; and serve as product development lead to guide the direction of products to meet the needs of defined stakeholders. 
Oil Spill Updates
News Links
The IWGOO/IOOC support office has created a webpage containing the Deepwater Horizon links provided by their agencies.
NSF Rapid Response Research Grants for Gulf of Mexico Available
Job Announcements
TNC Job Opportunities

TNC has three marine job opportunities open: Northeast Marine Program Director (Massachusetts), Marine GIS Analyst (Massachusetts), and Marine Policy Research Associate (DC Metro Area).  Search here for more information. 

Coming Events 
August 3-4, 2010  SECOORA DMCC Meeting, Columbia, SC
September 27-October 1, 2010 Ninth Conference on Coastal Atmospheric and Oceanic Prediction and Processes, Annapolis, Maryland
October 12, 2010 NFRA Board Meeting, Washington, D.C.
October 13-14, 2010 IOOS Regional Coordination Workshop, Washington, D.C.
November 3-5, 2010 Sustainable Ocean Energy & the Marine Environment, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
November 13-17, 2010 Restore America's Estuaries, Galveston Island, TX Poster Deadline Extended to April 2

February 13-18, 2011 ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association
Are you interested in ocean observations, ecosystem management, marine operations, or coastal hazards? Then you should know about SECOORA, the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association. SECOORA is the regional solution to integrating coastal and ocean observing in the Southeast United States. Commitment to ocean observing technologies in our region is critical. Your input, guidance, support, and membership will insure that SECOORA continues to develop the products and services that you need. Join SECOORA and be a part of the Southeast's future. Contact Executive Director Debra Hernandez ( for more information.
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