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The Columbus Iselin Personnel and Partners

From the moment the R/V Columbus Iselin ran aground on Looe Key reef, the effort to respond to the emergency, assess the natural resource injuries, pursue the damage assessment and legal case, and plan the restoration has been a partnership project. Without the strong support of all those involved, restoring the reef would not have been possible.

Many program offices within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have played key roles at different points in the process. In addition to the National Marine Sanctuary Program's staff in the Florida Keys and at the headquarters office, NOAA's Damage Assessment and Restoration Program brought to bear legal, economic, and biological expertise from the National Ocean Service (NOS), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and the Office of General Counsel. The State of Florida and the U.S. Coast Guard also were partners in the effort.

A comprehensive list of all the participants would be too long to offer here, but below are a number of the key individuals without whom this project would not have been possible. If we have inadvertently missed any other principal partners, we apologize. This listing is organized in rough chronological order from the initial event through the implementation of restoration.


Emergency Response
• Billy Causey, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOS
• Alan Bunn, formerly Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOS
• G.P. Schmahl, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, NOS
• John Halas, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOS
• Mac Fuss, formerly NOAA Office of Enforcement
• William Goodwin, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOS
• Bill Green, Florida Marine Patrol
• Kenny Hartsing, formerly Florida Marine Patrol
• Patti Hartsing, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOS
• Harold Hudson, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOS
• John Illif, National Marine Fisheries Service
• Beau Jackson, formerly Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOS
• Pam James, formerly Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOS
• Laurie MacLaughlin, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOS
• Paul Moen, formerly Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOS
• Bill Valley, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOS
• Richard Wingrove, formerly Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOS

Case Team Coordination
• Charles Wahle, formerly Marine Sanctuaries Division, NOS
• Janice Sessing, formerly Marine Sanctuaries Division, NOS

Injury Assessment
• Harold Hudson, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOS
• William Goodwin, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOS
• Walter Jaap, Florida Marine Research Institute
• Pete Lerner, formerly Marine Sanctuaries Division
• G.P. Schmahl, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, NOS

Legal Guidance
• John Mueller, US Department of Justice
• Cheryl Scannell, NOAA Office of General Counsel
• Sharon Shutler, NOAA Office of General Counsel

Damage Assessment
• Norman Meade, Damage Assessment Center, NOS

Cultural Resource Assessment
• Bruce Terrell, Marine Sanctuaries Division, NOS

Restoration Planning
• Jim Bohnsack, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, NMFS
• Jerry Britton, Support Center, NOAA
• Joseph D'Felio, Support Center, NOAA
• William Goodwin, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOS
• Harold Hudson, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOS
• Charles Wahle, formerly Marine Sanctuaries Division, NOS
• Erik Zobrist, Restoration Center, NMFS
• Tetra Tech, planning and engineering contractor
• Coastal Planning and Engineering, engineering design sub-contractor

Restoration Implementation
• Jerry Britton, Support Center, NOAA
• Joseph D'Felio, Support Center, NOAA
• William Goodwin, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOS
• Harold Hudson, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOS
• Laurie MacLaughlin, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOS
• Harriet Sopher Marine Sanctuaries Division, NOS
• Lisa Symons, Marine Sanctuaries Division, NOS
• Erik Zobrist, Restoration Center, NMFS
• Tetra Tech, planning and engineering contractor
• Coastal Planning and Engineering, engineering design sub-contractor
• Team Land Development, construction contractor

Public Relations and Media
• Cheva Heck, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOS
• Justin Kenney, formerly Marine Sanctuaries Division, NOS
• Alyson Matley, formerly Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOS

WebTechnical Development
• Lisa Symons, Marine Sanctuaries Division, NOS
• Tom Shyka, Marine Sanctuaries Division, NOS
• Lawrence Charters, Special Projects Office, NOS
• Sandy Gant, Marine Sanctuaries Division, NOS
• Nancy O'Donnell, Marine Sanctuaries Division, NOS
• Harriet Sopher, Marine Sanctuaries Division, NOS
• Paula Souik, Marine Sanctuaries Division, NOS

Additional Resources
To learn more about the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, check:
http://www.fknms.nos.noaa.gov

NOAA's natural resource trustee responsibilities and the NOAA Damage Assessment and Restoration Program, are described at: http://www.darp.noaa.gov

NOAA's Coral Health and Monitoring Program (CHAMP) Homepage is an excellent resource for coral reef information, contacts and links:
http://coral.aoml.noaa.gov/

Other partners in this project:
• Damage Assessment and Restoration Program:
http://www.darp.noaa.gov
• Florida Marine Research Institute:
http://www.fmri.usf.edu/
• NOAA Central Administrative Service Center:
http://www.casc.noaa.gov
• Tetra Tech EMI:
http://www.ttemi.com
• Coastal Planning and Engineering, Inc.:
http://www.cpeboca.com
• Team Land Development, Inc.:
http://welcome.to/teamland

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