NOAA to Honor National Leaders in Sustainable Fisheries

May 20, 2008

Manual Calderón of Angleton, Texas, is one of three shrimp fishermen to win a Sustainable Fisheries Leadership Award for pioneering the use of fishing gear that prevents turtles from being caught as well as gear that lowers fuel consumption for fishermen.

Manual Calderón of Angleton, Texas, is one of three shrimp fishermen to win a Sustainable Fisheries Leadership Award.

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NOAA’s Fisheries Service announced today that it will honor seven people and two organizations for their efforts to enhance the understanding, protection, and sustainable use of U.S. ocean resources. This recognition is part of the agency’s third annual Sustainable Fisheries Leadership Awards program.

NOAA’s leaders will present the awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on June 2.

“The health and sustainability of the planet’s ocean resources is of paramount importance for the world’s environmental, economic, and human wellbeing,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “The contributions of our honorees inspire others and enhance NOAA’s work to conserve and manage our nation’s marine resources.”

“We received many outstanding nominations again this year, and the selection process was difficult,” said Jim Balsiger, acting assistant administrator for NOAA’s Fisheries Service. “We thank each of the 70 nominees for their role in helping us preserve our fishing heritage while conserving marine wildlife and ocean habitats.”

This year’s recipients in the six categories of achievement are:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 70 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.