Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing
 Regional Association
Weekly News Update    July 19, 2010 
In This Issue: SECOORA News | Oil Spill Updates | CLEAR Act Update | Ocean Policy Task Force Report | Funding Announcements Released by CSCOR | Job Announcements | Coming Events
IOOS Federal Funding Announcement News
SECOORA Members:  The FY11 IOOS Federal Funding Opportunity, "FY 2011 Implementation of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)" has been released.   The SECOORA Solicitation of Letters of Intent: IOOS Federal Funding Opportunity 2010 web page will serve as the go-to place for information on SECOORA's proposal development process in response to this opportunity. LOIs are due to SECOORA by 5:00PM August 9, 2010.
SECOORA Fall Board Meeting
The Fall SECOORA Board Meeting will be held September 29-30 in Tampa, FL.  There is currently a quorum, with 19 confirmed participants.  Board members should contact Susannah Sheldon ( if their availability has changed. Lodging information will follow shortly.
Oil Spill Updates
News Links
CIOERT Expedition
Three months after the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill, and before extensive oil impacts reach shelf-edge reefs in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, NOAA's Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (CIOERT) is conducting a rapid response, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional expedition to assess the impacts of the DWH oil spill on Florida's mesophotic and deepwater ecosystems. To stay up-to-date on mission activities, visit:
Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources (CLEAR) Act of 2009, H.R. 3534
From the Coastal State Organization's (CSO) Weekly Report 7.16.10  
On Wednesday and Thursday, the House Natural Resources Committee held a markup session on the Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act of 2009, H.R. 3534.  The bill was approved, as amended, by a vote of 27 to 21.  H.R. 3534 would abolish the Minerals Management Service and divide it into three separate entities:  The Bureau of Energy and Resource Management, to manage leasing and permitting and conduct necessary environmental studies; The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, to conduct all inspections and investigations; and The Office of Natural Resource Revenue, to collect all offshore and onshore oil and gas and renewable energy-related revenues.  It establishes regional ocean councils comprised of federal agencies, states, tribes, local governments, Fishery Management Councils, and Regional Ocean Partnerships to develop strategic plans for regional waters that are multiobjective, science and ecosystem-based, and spatially explicit.  The bill includes an Ocean Resources Conservation and Assistance Fund (ORCA) based on 10% of all rents, royalties and other sums paid on OCS leases.  The Fund provides 35% to coastal states and Indian tribes, 35% to an competitive grants program, 20% to coastal and ocean observing, and 10% to regional ocean partnerships.  It also includes grants to states by amending the Coastal Zone Management Act to revise programs to identify and implement new enforceable policies and procedures to ensure sufficient response capabilities at the state level to address impacts of oil spills or other accidents resulting from OCS energy activities with the potential to affect the coastal zone. For more information, visit:
Thanks to a coordinated effort from NFRA and the Regional Associations, over 100 signatures were collected to support the provision in HR 3534 that dedicating a portion of the OCRA funds to IOOS. 
Final report of the President's Ocean Policy Task Force Released
The final report of the President's Ocean Policy Task Force which establishes the country's first comprehensive national policy for the stewardship of the oceans, our coasts and the Great Lakes has been released.   This national policy will set the United States on a new path toward comprehensively planning for the conservation and sustainable use of the ocean.  Americans want clean beaches, abundant seafood and wildlife, a robust economy and jobs and recreational opportunities from our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes areas.  This National Policy gives us a lasting foundation to help achieve these.  Please see the Press Release for more information.  The full report can be found at
Funding Annoucement: NOAA Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) July Omnibus Competitive Grants announcement has been published for availability of grant funds for Fiscal Year 2011. Announcements of Opportunity have been issued to submit proposals to the Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR)/Coastal Ocean Program for the Harmful Algal Bloom Program (i.e., ECOHAB, MERHAB and PCMHAB), Regional Ecosystem Prediction Program (REPP) for Understanding Coral Ecosystem Connectivity in the Gulf of Mexico-Pulley Ridge to the Florida Keys and the Regional Ecosystem Prediction Program (REPP) for Concept of Operations for Models to Support Regional Coastal Ecosystem Management.

Proposals under the HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOM PROGRAM closes 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time October 14, 2010 (Please note: Required Letters of Intent for the Harmful Algal Blooms Program are required by 5 p.m. Eastern Time, August 16, 2010).

Proposals under REGIONAL ECOSYSTEM PREDICTION PROGRAM (REPP) for Understanding Coral Ecosystem Connectivity in the Gulf of Mexico-Pulley Ridge to the Florida Keys closes 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time October 21, 2010.

Proposals under the REGIONAL ECOSYSTEM PREDICTION PROGRAM (REPP) Concept of Operations for Models to Support Regional Coastal Ecosystem Management closes 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time October 21, 2010.

Notices of Specific Announcements of Opportunity posted herein are provided as a courtesy to our research community. In no way is this page meant to replace the official information provided through the Federal Register. You can search for and view this and official announcements in the Federal Register online at the GPO Access Federal Register web site
These announcements will soon be available in
To search on all the CSCOR announcements please use CFDA # 11.478.

Copies of the new Federal Funding Announcements will soon be available on the CSCOR funding announcements webpage:
CSCOR website:
Job Announcements
National Park Service, Southeast Region Ocean/Coastal Coordinator

The National Park Service is advertising for a Marine Ecologist (GS-12) to coordinate ocean and coastal park issues.  This new position for the NPS will be based with the NOAA Coastal Services Center in Charleston, SC. The position will report to the Science and Natural Resource Management Division of the NPS Southeast Region. The NPS Southeast Region extends from North Carolina to Louisiana and includes the Caribbean.  The advertisement
closes July 22, 2010.  Please circulate widely. 

Outreach and Communications Specialist, NH
The Northeastern Regional Association for Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS), a non-profit organization that is one of eleven regional associations comprising the coastal component of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing Systems (IOOS), is looking to hire an Outreach and Communications Specialist.  The Outreach & Communications Specialist will work with the Executive Director and other NERACOOS staff and partners to implement a range of processes and products to improve NERACOOS' internal and external communications.

For job details and how to apply, please download the full job announcement at:

Position Location:  Offsite from the NERACOOS office (which is at the Seacoast Science Center) in Rye, NH.

Application Date: By August 15, 2010 or until individual is identified.
Contact Person: Cassie Durette:
Coming Events 
August 3-4, 2010  SECOORA DMCC Meeting, Columbia, SC
September 20-23, 2010  OCEANS 2010 MTS/IEEE, Seattle, Washington
September 27-October 1, 2010 Ninth Conference on Coastal Atmospheric and Oceanic Prediction and Processes, Annapolis, Maryland
September 29-30, 2010 SECOORA Board Meeting, Tampa, FL
October 1-2, 2010 South Carolina Marine Educators Association (SCMEA) Annual Conference, Charleston, SC
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
November 15, 2010 NFRA Board Meeting, Washington, D.C. 
November 16-17, 2010 IOOS Regional Coordination Workshop, Washington, D.C.
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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