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www.sea-technology.com May 2018 | ST 27 Fishing for Energy launched in 2008 and provides an- glers with cost-free solutions to dispose of old, derelict or unusable fishing gear. Grants will target areas in U.S. coastal waters with state or regional plans that have identified and prioritized reductions in derelict fishing gear. Priority locations in- clude: the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and other important habitat for sea turtles and marine mam- mals in coastal waters along South Florida; the Gulf of Maine, in areas that are identified as priority for northern right whales; Puget Sound, in priority habitat for killer whales as referenced in management plans; Hawaii, within the borders of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument; and areas along Alaska that are important to marine mammals and have disposal access points through Dutch Harbor or Kodiak Harbor. MarineCadastre.gov Team Receives NSDI Award The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and NOAA's Office for Coastal Management announced that the Federal Geographic Data Committee has select- ed the MarineCadastre.gov team to receive the 2017 Doug D. Nebert National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Champion of the Year Award. MarineCadastre.gov is a geographic information sys- tem containing authoritative data that are fundamental to supporting decisions about the development of U.S. offshore conventional and renewable energy resources; use of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) sand and gravel for shore protection, beach nourishment and wetlands res- toration projects; and ocean coordination and planning efforts. MarineCadastre.gov provides data, web maps and specialized tools that are used by stakeholders to ad- dress national issues in the areas of energy infrastructure planning; ocean vessel navigation and safety; national defense; conflict avoidance involving ocean users; and maritime jurisdictions and limits. FY 2018 Omnibus Bill Funds Science The U.S. Congress has passed the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act. It includes increases to key science agencies and programs, such as the National Sci- ence Foundation at $295 million over FY 2017; NOAA at $234 million above FY 2017; NASA at $457 million above FY 2017; and the Department of Defense basic and applied research and technology development at $16 billion above FY 2017 and the Navy at $800 million above FY 2017. According to the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, the omnibus provides funding for region- al-class research vessels, unmanned underwater vehicle research, the National Sea Grant College Program, aqua- culture research, NOAA's Office of Education, support for implementation of the seafood monitoring program, and the establishment of the National Ocean and Coastal Security Fund to help better understand and utilize the ocean, coasts and Great Lakes. ST

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