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NMFS Southwest Fisheries Center marks 25th anniversary.


The Southwest Fisheries Center, a Federal research facility in NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a Rededication and Open House for the public on Saturday, 28 October 1989. The Rededication ceremony, with Roger Revelle, former Director of the Scripps institution of Oceanography as the keynote speaker, began at 10 a.m. John Knauss, U. S. Department of Commerce Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere and the Administrator of NOAA, also spoke at the Rededication.

The Center which is located at 8604 La Jolla Shores Drive, one-quarter mile north of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is one of only four such Federal Centers in the United States which are devoted exclusively to fisheries science research. During this Open House visitors to the Center were treated to exhibits and displays illustrating why fisheries research benefits the nation, many presented by the scientists responsible for the research involved. Among these were displays of cleared and stained "see-through" larval fish of important commercial species, models of the principal tuna species studied at the Center, plankton collecting nets and samplers, a live-fish tank, examples of the groundfish species studied, a large porpoise model exhibit, an expendable bathythermograph recorder and probe used to measure deepwater ocean temperatures, a remote-controlled underwater vehicle (ROV), a sportfishing exhibit, a panel describing the 200-mile fishing limit, and many other examples of the specialized gear and equipment used on research survey cruises. During the Open House a slide show explaining the research activities of the Southwest Fisheries Center was also shown at intervals. Videos of research conducted at sea were also seen during the day. Not least among the attractions for visitors was the view of the Pacific Ocean from the cliff-side Center, 220 feet above the water.

The parent agency of the Southwest Fisheries Center, NOAA, was established in 1970 to expand the use of ocean resources and monitor and predict conditions in the atmosphere, ocean, and space. During its first 19 years, NOAA has become an important environmental science and management agency in the Federal government. The passage of such legislation as the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act has given NOAA specific responsibilities in environmental management and modified its role from that of a scientific and technical agency into one that deals with the many social, political, and economic problems of fisheries and the environment.

Also participating in the Open House were other NOAA agencies such as the National Weather Service (NWS) which has more than 300 NWS offices throughout the country to disseminate weather information. The NWS presented exhibits which included NWS radio products, current maps, radiosondes, and handouts. Also on hand to answer questions were representatives of the Office of NOAA Corps Operations which runs the agency's 23 research vessels, the National Environmental Satellite Data Information Service, and the NOAA Corps (the seventh and smallest uniformed service in the nation). NOAA is the largest agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce.
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Title Annotation:National Marine Fisheries Service
Publication:Marine Fisheries Review
Date:Sep 22, 1989
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