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Lynker drives implementation of groundbreaking American Samoa Ocean Plan (ASOP)

Lynker’s Sarah Pautzke (third from the right) drove the development of the American Samoa Ocean Plan (ASOP) finalized and released December 2018. Ms. Pautzke worked with a team of American Samoa Government (ASG) and federal employees and the assistance of a consultant, Miranda Foley (fourth from the left), with whom Lynker partners.  And, it was formatted and turned into its final product by another Lynker employee, Melanie Jordan. Well done!
 
The ASOP is the first ocean plan to be completed by the United States for the Western Pacific jurisdictions. The purpose of the plan is to ensure compatible ocean use and conservation of ocean resources to ensure the vibrant coastal and ocean environments.  There are several tasks that require data collection, particularly GIS data.  Please download the plan and have a think about how best Lynker can assist in accomplishing these tasks by partnering with
federal and ASG agencies.
 
The ASOP is now “owned” by the AS Department of Commerce, who is responsible for its implementation.  Thus, it is housed on the AS DOC website.
 

 

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Great job by our teammates!   

If you have any questions about the plan or how to use it, please reach out to Sarah Pautzke, spautzke@lynkertech.com so she can guide you to the correct person with whom to work.

Lynker’s “MacGyver” Saves the Day!

Lynker’s aquarist, Michael “MacGyver” Caban, saves the day for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Mokupāpapa Discovery Center for Hawaiʻi’s Remote Coral Reefs. He was able to diagnose and repair an expensive reverse osmosis system that is used to make water for the Mokupāpapa aquarium. The system had been tripping breakers and he knew why. The Center was looking at a $300+ diagnosis from an electrician, if they could get one, or a $3500+ shipping (100lbs) for a new system. Michael was able to use a multimeter to diagnose the system and repair the malfunctioning part. Now the Discovery Center can once again generate the water they need for water changes in the aquarium, keeping their fish healthy.

 

Lynker Education and Outreach Specialist Awarded Grand Prize in NOAA Education Photo Contest

Lynker employee, Peggy Foreman, was awarded the Grand Prize for her photo entry in the inaugural NOAA Education Photo Contest. See her winning photo below. Congrats Peggy!

6th grade students from Sacred Hearts Academy got first hand experience learning about limu (algae) in their watershed. They learned which species were native and which ones were alien and invasive. However, there is joy and satisfaction when a student wants to confirm that they have correctly identified a species as not to mistake and remove the wrong species. For many of these students, they have eaten limu but this was their first time learning about their role in the ecosystem and why removing the invasive species is critical for the nearshore habitat and barrier reefs that protect their shore and community.

Credit: Malama Maunalua and/or parent chaperone from Sacred Hearts Academy
Submitted by Peggy Foreman (NMFS)

Interactive StoryMap of the Remote Pacific – NOW LIVE

Kudos to Lynker’s Senior Science Writer/Videographer, Joey Bennington-Castro, for the launch of the Historical & Cultural Seascape of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument!

Here’s a link to it: https://arcg.is/1uCzzf

Joey created the StoryMap, using ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, and the StoryMap Map Journal app. He and our NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Region Office Communications team are working on getting it on the NOAA Fisheries website.

It’s fully interactive, so you can move around the map on the right-hand side, and the map and its content slightly changes as you move through the story. Also, all the links within the story will either change the content on the right side or take you to a different spot in the story.
Mike Tosatto, PIRO Regional Director, called it “great (as usual!)”.
According to Joey, “It was a beast of a project to work on but very satisfying in the end, and there have been calls for more such products in the future.”
Awesome work!

Lynker featured at American Geophysical Union (AGU) Meeting in Washington DC Dec 10-14 2018

Lynker team members attended the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in Washington D.C. December 10-14. The Lynker team presented on several research projects including the poster below which summarizes recent work developing decision support tools for drought forecasting and monitoring.

Lynker earned NOAA’s Small Business Success Story of the Year in 2015

Lynker earned a NOAA’s Small Business Success Story of the Year in 2015. Lynker provides systems engineering, data management, GIS software development, and quality assurance support which has helped improve the accuracy, speed of processing, and distribution of critical nautical chart products to federal and commercial stakeholders. Our team built and supports NCSII (Nautical Charting System II), which is used by over 50 GIS Cartographers in OCS. The NCSII system maintains a vector nautical database which used to produce Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs). 

NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) Bottomfish Assessment IDIQ

Lynker is partnering with the Pacific Islands Fisheries Group (PIFG) on a 5-year, $3.6 million contract to conduct Independent Survey Sampling of Bottomfish in the four Main Hawaiian Islands (Hawaii, Oahu, Kauai and Niihau) under NMFS’ Cooperative Research Program (CRP).

Our support includes surveying over 300 individual sites, gear calibration, bio-sampling, and fish tagging. In addition to collecting data and specimens, our team is actively involved in local fishing community outreach and education efforts, working with the CRP to inform vessel owners, commercial and recreational fishermen, fishing clubs, and fishing organizations about how NMFS’ bottomfish-related research helps sustain and protect valuable fishing resources throughout the islands. We are proud to contribute to scientific and technical efforts as well as help drive a more collaborative approach to fisheries management in the Pacific.

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.