July 8, 2008
St Looks Back
June Issue 25 Years Ago1983. U.S. officials announced a multinational study, called the Tropical Ocean Global Atmospheric Experiment, to research the El Nino phenomenon, which they expected to be one of the most extreme of the century....The U.S. Congress proposed legislation to create a National Ocean Policy Commission to develop recommendations on ocean policies, laws and regulations and to survey and evaluate the federal government's actions on the oceans....The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that East Germany would be permitted to harvest 5,000 metric tons of Atlantic mackerel from the U.S. fishery conservation zone, an area of ocean that is situated between Maine and North Carolina.
15 Years Ago
1993. Rep. Gerry E. Studds (D.-Mass.) introduced legislation to reauthorize and amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973....Precision Signal Inc. (Boca Raton, Florida) introduced a seismic sub-bottom profiling system that generated reflection profiles of the seabed and estimated acoustic properties of sediments using swept frequency modulation pulses....The U.S. Congress considered the Marine Biotechnology Investment Act of 1993, a bill to stimulate research and development.
10 Years Ago
1998. The United States successfully supported a resolution to the International Whaling Commission to have scientists and policy makers review research on the impacts of environmental change on whales and other marine mammals....General Offshore (U.K.) Ltd. (London, England) completed the installation of shore ends for the Gemini submarine cable connecting England, Wales and the United States....The U.S. Coast Guard proposed regulation and guidelines to help control the invasion of aquatic nuisance species, such as zebra mussels, hydrilla and Asian clams, into national waters.
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