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July 2015 Issue

25 Years Ago 1990. A dolphin protection and consumer information initiative to label some tuna as dolphin unsafe became a ban on the U.S. sale of such tuna at a session of the U.S. House of Representatives Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee. ... Marine geologists completed the first comprehensive, large-scale survey of the distribution of deep-sea hydrothermal vents along a 52-mile section of mid-ocean ridge. ... The Naval Research Laboratory performed a drop test of a scale model launch vehicle for the sea launch and recovered rocket program, a concept for a two-stage rocket towed out to sea and launched from a free-floating position.

15 Years Ago 2000. RAdm. Jay M. Cohen became the 20th Chief of Naval Research during a change of command at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. He relieved RAdm. Paul G. Gaffney II. ... The threat of hazardous spills from vessel collisions and groundings along California’s coast was reduced as a proposal was finalized to move large ships further offshore and modify certain approaches to and from major ports. ... U.S. President Bill Clinton announced that, in collaboration with marine research institutions and universities, federal researchers would explore the Hudson Canyon, seeps off the Gulf coast of Florida and the Davidson Seamount.

10 Years Ago 2005. NOAA launched six weather data buoy stations designed to enhance hurricane monitoring and forecasting. The buoys were deployed in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. ... Citing possible degradation of coastal areas, 11 U.S. senators sent a letter opposing efforts to open the Outer Continental Shelf for oil exploration. ... Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography investigated the mechanisms by which Antarctic icebergs detach from the main continental ice sheet because of the importance of determining the future stability of the entire Antarctic ice mass.


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