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NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Region Observer Program (PIROP)

Lynker is the single awardee for this program, the largest of all US Federal fisheries observer programs ($34 million over 5 years). This contract adds 60 additional qualified personnel to our team, who serve as biologists and data collectors/analysts onboard longline (tuna) and shortset (swordfish – to reopen this year) fishing vessels in the Pacific. We are deeply honored to have been selected to support the program, especially as it embraces new tools, technologies, and processes for data collection, monitoring, and reporting in the region.

Lynker in Focus: Meet Lauren DeMaio a Scientist for the Protected Resources Division

Meet Lauren DeMaio, Lynker’s scientist for the Protected Resources Division within the National Marine Fisheries Service. Lauren serves the NOAA West Coast Regional Office from southern California nine months out of the year and in Seattle, Washington the other three months of the year. Her role includes working for the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program (MMHSRP), where she coordinates rescues and emergency responses to sick, injured, distressed, or dead sea animals for Washington, Oregon, and California.

Lauren’s job also includes quality assurance of the data from stranding events and large whale entanglements throughout the West Coast. With the large amount of stranding occurrences on the West Coast the data can be of considerable size. The large whale entanglement data includes how, where, and what gear is involved in an entanglement and is essential for management and policy decisions. In addition to her love of understanding the data and fixing data nuisances, Lauren’s role is very essential in major conservation actions.

Lauren also enjoys getting out in the field and participating in stranding necropsies or assisting the NOAA science centers in Southern Resident Killer Whale research activities. Lauren recently published a paper titled “The Evaluation of Olfaction in Stranded California Sea Lions (Zalophus califorianus) and Its Relevance to Domoic Acid Toxicosis” in the journal Aquatic Mammals. Lauren’s hard work does not go unnoticed, and Lynker is so happy to have her on our team!

Lynker Technologies Opens New Office in Boulder, Colorado

As a direct result of the continued expansion of its consultancy services in the US western region, Lynker Technologies, a leading specialist in hydrologic modeling and forecasting, water technology and decision support system development, and GIS applications development, has opened a new office in the Denver, Colorado area. Dr. Graeme Aggett is managing the new office and comes to Lynker from AMEC Earth and Infrastructure, where he served as the company’s Water Practice Lead. As one of Lynker’s senior executives, Graeme will continue to lead Lynker’s hydrology and earth system-science team.