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August 2016 Issue

25 Years Ago 1991. The Navy’s continued operations of their only submergence vehicle—the Laney Chouest—were in jeopardy due to a funding shortfall. ... Woods Hole Oceangraphic Institution’s Alvin logged another daring underwater rescue of a Navy ROV lost in the Pacific. ... New proposals to establish guidelines for labeling raw fish products at retail establishments may not be all that helpful according to the fish and seafood industry trade association. The National Fisheries Institute announced the release of a comprehensive reference guide to market identification of fish species and products for seafood retailers, processors, packers and food service employees.


15 Years Ago 2001. Nearly a year after the Russian submarine Kursk sank with the loss of all 118 crewmembers, a fleet of civilian and military vessels converged at the site to attempt to raise the vessel. Over a two-month period, divers drilled holes in the hull, attached hooks and yanked the submarine out of the seabed 350 ft. beneath the surface. ... The newly created National Coast Guard Museum Association launched its program to fund and construct a national Coast Guard Museum in New London, Connecticut. ... YSI Inc. acquired the assets of SonTek Inc. and formed SonTek/YSI.


10 Years Ago 2006. U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) announced the Senate version of the Commerce, Justice and Science 2007 spending bill, which included federal investments in oceans. Mikulski had organized a bipartisan group of senators to look at the report “From Sea to Shining Sea” that addressed the needed reforms for the sustainability of the world’s oceans. ... The U.S. House of Representatives passed an appropriations bill that would increase the budget of the National Science Foundation by $439 million, or 7.9 percent over the next decade. ... The appointment of Jeffrey G. Lantz as the U.S. Coast Guard’s director of national and international standards was announced.


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