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DECEMBER 1, 2001--The Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has obtained a $15,000 settlement against two Florida men charged with dumping materials into Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary waters to create illegal habitat to attract lobsters.

NOVEMBER 4, 2001--The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Marine Sanctuary Program (NMSP) announced today the appointment of Michael Ian Weiss, former Special Advisor to the Assistant Administrator National Ocean Service, as NMSP Deputy Director effective November 5, 2001.

NOVEMBER 1, 2001--The Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today the beginning of a joint management-plan review for Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries. These three California sanctuaries and their communities will jointly evaluate regulations, boundaries and strategies for management and operations.

OCTOBER 30, 2001--The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded its Gold Medal in Heroism to LCDR Mark H. Pickett for "his exemplary courage and heroism in saving the lives of two U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) employees after the capsizing of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary R/V Ballena on November 4, 2000."

OCTOBER 19, 2001--The public is invited to attend a 2001 Ocean User Workshop to learn about regulations pertaining to safe and responsible whale watching. Representatives of federal and state agencies will be on hand to discuss regulations intended to protect the endangered humpback whale in Hawaiian waters.

OCTOBER 1, 2001--The Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) marked the successful completion of two groundbreaking ocean exploration missions and honored U.S. Senator Ernest F. Hollings for his support of ocean science during a waterfront celebration event October 1, 2001 in Charleston, S.C.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2001--A Time magazine Hero-of-the-Planet, a vice-president of a major marine research company, and an owner of one of Boston's largest marine commuter vessel companies are among the 21 accomplished individuals who will help guide management of the Gerry E. Studds/Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Maine.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2001--The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary celebrates its 9th anniversary at the annual Santa Cruz Shark Festival on Sunday, September 30, 2001.

AUGUST 30, 2001--Explorers from the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will voyage to the South Atlantic's deep sea canyons and important underwater habitats during a month-long mission to study unique coral banks and important fishing areas.

JULY 10, 2001--The National Ocean Service, an agency of the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), received initial approval for an international measure that furthers existing protection for the Florida Keys.





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