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American Shoreline Podcast Highlights Lynker Staff and NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship

NOAA’s Coastal Management Fellowship provides on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management for postgraduate students. Each fellow is matched with a state coastal management program to work on projects proposed by the state and selected by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. The fellowship has had over 120 fellows since 1996. Lynker staff manage the applications from potential fellows and the state coastal management programs, work to connect candidates with the state programs, and manage the program during the fellow’s two-year position. The American Shoreline Podcast interviewed Lynker staff during the 2020 Social Coast Forum in February to learn more about the history of the fellowship and the value it provides in preparing the next generation of coastal managers.

 

Over 82,000 Pounds of Trash Removed to Protect Vulnerable Hawaiian Wildlife

Papahanaumokuakea Marine Debris Project’s (PMDP) Lynker staff, in partnership with USFWS, removed 82,000 pounds of hurricane debris from Lalo (the French Frigate Shoal), a remote atoll within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, that provides essential habitat for nesting seabirds, threatened green sea turtles, and endangered Hawaiian monk seals. For 16 days they collected derelict fishing nets, plastics and hurricane debris including lumber, roofing, steel cable, scrap metal, boat hulls, tires, and fiberglass.

“Papahanaumokuakea is the most amazing landscape on earth, both ecologically and culturally, and one that sustains our most vulnerable Hawaiian wildlife species,” said Lynker’s Kevin O’Brien. “Picture tiny sandy islands where nearly every square foot of land is used by seabirds, turtles and seals for critical nesting, burrowing, basking and pupping. So it’s a good feeling when we come away from one of these cleanups with a massive pile of rubbish, because each pound of debris removed from this landscape directly translates into square footage of new, safe, available space for wildlife to use. This type of tangible positive action is what our organization works to provide for the wildlife of Papahanaumokuakea.”

The Cost of Climate Change Inaction

Lynker’s Water Resources Scientist, Ryan Spies, gave a presentation on “The cost of climate-inaction” at the TEDx 2020 Climate Countdown. TED Countdown is a worldwide movement to find ways to shift, more rapidly, to a world with net zero greenhouse emissions and tackle the climate crisis. Click here for the full presentation.  The Cost of Climate Inaction

Climate change will continue to increase our risks to extreme weather events. Businesses and communities are looking to understand what to expect in terms of damages, added expenses, and lost revenues in the coming decades. What is the cost of doing nothing in the face of climate change? We have the resources to explore this question – check out the State of Colorado’s Future Avoided Cost Explorer (FACE:Hazards). By understanding the dollar value price tag of future extreme weather events, we can make the financial case for investing in our resilience. This information will help us make data-driven decisions that will ultimately save money and help prevent hardships for our communities and economies.

 

CEO Joe Linza Invited as Speaker for Loudoun Video Shoot

Lynker’s Founder & CEO, Joe Linza, was invited by Loudoun County Economic Development to be part of their promotional video shoot for Loudoun 2020 Inc. 5000 business awardees to highlight the success and growth happening right here in Loudoun.  The video, due out early next year, will spotlight Lynker’s work along with other awardees and how we’ve benefited as Inc. 5000 recipients.

Lynker Ranks #33!

The Washington Business Journal announced rankings of the 75 Fastest Growing Companies in Greater Washington for 2020 and Lynker ranks #33!  Congrats to our team and all the awardees!

 

Lynker is a Three-Time Consecutive Winner of WBJ’s Fastest Growing Companies Award

Lynker has been awarded this year’s 75 Fastest Growing Companies by the Washington Business Journal (WBJ).  Out of 2,200 companies up for consideration, Lynker has made the list of the top 75 fastest growing companies in Greater Washington for the past 3 years in a row.

 

Lynker Makes Inc. 5000 List for 5th Year in a Row!

Lynker has made the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America, for the 5th year in a row!  Lynker made the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and now the 2020 list.

Lynker Wins NOAA NEFSC Contract!

Lynker won 2 NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) contracts!

The Lynker Team is excited to support the NEFSC Fisheries Monitoring and Research Division (FMRD), including the Fisheries Sampling Branch’s (FSB) Northeast Fisheries Observer Program (NEFOP). Lynker also won as a subcontractor on a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) contract to support data services, analysis, administration and management at the NEFSC FMRD.

Under these awards, Lynker employees will focus on the collection, processing, and management of fishery data and utilization of industry platforms to obtain data on fish biology, environmental variables, and socioeconomic factors in support of stock assessments and ecosystem-based fishery management. Activities will also support at-sea observer and monitoring operations aboard commercial vessels and at shoreside facilities, training and certification of observers and monitors, data quality and management activities, and advancement of new technologies to support these activities.

Lynker Wins Award to Continue Supporting NOAA’s MBNMS!

Lynker is thrilled to receive an award for a 4-year contract to support NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). This win is a continuation of our support to MBNMS, having won the previous 5-year contract.

Designated in 1992, MBNMS is a federally protected marine area offshore of California’s central coast. It is one of our nation’s largest marine sanctuaries, larger than Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks combined. We are honored to continue supporting MBNMS and protecting this underwater treasure!

Our service to MBNMS involves assisting sanctuary managers and staff with a variety of functions related to resource protection and government and community relations in Monterey. We also support MBNMS’ visitor center operations at the Coastal Discovery Center (CDC) in San Simeon, CA and Sanctuary Exploration Center (SEC) in Santa Cruz.
The CDC provides interpretation, education, and outreach about natural and cultural resources in coastal California, from Cambria to Big Sur. The SEC is the premiere visitor center for MBNMS and affiliated with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, a non-profit partner of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

Check out this video made by Lynker’s Nick Ingram which highlights our work at the Sanctuary Exploration Center: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dwf9-km_FnxGg_mjs8c1kr3bS-4KPY3P/view

Lynker Team Helps Calculate New 2018 Data for the Marine Economy

NOAA and the Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released new statistics highlighting the marine economy’s contribution to the Nation’s economy. The statistics, prepared under a newly developed method of calculation, provide the results of a more comprehensive measurement of the marine contribution to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) than existed previously. Lynker team members worked with staff at NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management and the Bureau of Economic Analysis to calculate and analyze these new results. Data are available from 2014 to 2018 and are slated next year to be updated again as well as adjusted for inflation and price effects. These statistics offer national estimates for all ocean, coastal and Great Lakes related economic activity by major industry across ten sectors helping us to understand the current state of the marine economy.

The new economic statistics measure the marine economy as a percentage of the U.S. GDP and total output and value added, as well as information on other economic indicators. The marine economy grew faster than the U.S. economy as a whole from 2017 to 2018 – growing by 5.8% (compared to 5.4% US GDP growth) and supporting 2.3 million jobs in 2018 alone. The U.S. marine economy accounted for 1.8% or $372.8 billion of the nation’s GDP in 2018. The top three marine economy sectors making the largest contributions to the nation’s GDP are tourism and recreation (including recreational fishing), national defense and public administration, and offshore minerals.

In addition to the findings, because these new official figures are calculated in consistent ways with how GDP is measured, officials can now compare the marine economy against comparable figures from other countries. The statistics provide valuable information to policy makers and industry, helping them to inform decision-making and track progress, helping planning future investment in the marine environment.