The More You NOAA

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The More You NOAA


Check out these stories from people across the country about how NOAA supports communities from coast to coast.


Kathy Burek

Veterinary pathologist, Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services

“No vessels want to hit a whale. But avoiding whales takes the resources and expertise that NOAA provides through its personnel and through funding for research nationwide.”

Buddy Custard

President and CEO, Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network

“NOAA is a critical part of ensuring safety at sea. We cannot afford to take NOAA’s services to our country for granted.”


Jim Cantonis

President, Acme Sponge and Chamois

“Without Florida Sea Grant, there would be no sponge fishery in Florida."

Andy Hayslip

Tampa Bay Waterkeeper

“NOAA’s work is tremendously important for Tampa Bay, which the World Bank named among the 10 metropolitan areas in the world most at risk for sea level rise and climate change.”

Noah Heskin


“NOAA has provided scholarships and internships for college students pursuing marine science degrees.”

Abby Stone & Becca Riley

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

“Research funded by NOAA continues to support marine mammal research nationwide.”


Leo Asuncion

Director of the Office of Planning, State of Hawaii

“Without NOAA’s resources, and their support and commitment to the designation process, He‘eia would likely not be a part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System today.”


Ivy Frignoca

Casco Baykeeper

“NOAA represents sound science and working to find solutions to issues that threaten our Maine way of life like rising sea levels, rising ocean temperatures, and shifting species.”

Bill Mook

Mook Sea Farm

“NOAA provides information we use on a regular basis. That accurate information is key to our resiliency in the face of rapidly changing environmental conditions.”


Rip Cunningham

Recreational fisherman

“Science-based information from NOAA is the foundation for important fish management decisions.”

New Jersey

Helen Henderson

Ocean Planning Manager, American Littoral Society

“NOAA has provided expertise, coordination and funding to help identify vulnerabilities.”

New Hampshire

Kate Leavitt and Ashley Stokes

Director of Mission for programming and exhibits & Marine Mammal Rescue Program Manager, Seacoast Science Center

“Without the resources provided by NOAA, the Seacoast Science Center would not be as well armed with the tools and information to encourage conservation and a further appreciation for New Hampshire’s vibrant coast.”


Scott Moegling

Water Quality Manager, Cleveland Water Department

“Partnerships between federal agencies like NOAA and local utilities like Cleveland Water are the key to ensuring clean and safe drinking water for communities across the country.”


Alan Barton

Production Manager, Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery

“NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program is helping us safeguard our future.”


Mike Cassinelli and Crystal Dingler

Former Mayor, Ilwaco, WA and Mayor, Ocean Shores, WA

“We can’t protect our citizens from floods and tsunamis, keep fishermen safe, and fisheries viable, or maintain tourism without NOAA.”

Amy Grondin

Commercial Fisherman, F/V Arminta

“NOAA is helping provide answers to how ocean acidification is impacting the fish we catch and the environment that supports them.”

Rich Lincoln

Council member, Pacific Fishery Management Council

“The Council is facing new and growing challenges in the face of climate change—and NOAA is arming it with the tools it needs to better prepare for the future of changing ocean conditions.”

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