Solution specific articles for Marine, Ocean, Coastal, Science & Information.

Lynker Makes a Big Splash at Oahu Elementary School’s Career Day

Lynker’s Observer Program Port Coordinator, Erin Emanuel, made a big splash at the Keoneula Elementary School Career Day, held May 10, 2019. Erin was one of 30 guest speakers sharing what they do with over 170 third graders (including Erin’s twins) and hosting tables and demonstrations in the cafeteria. Erin’s talk and table focused on marine science, and included life sized models of turtles, fish, and birds found in the Greater Pacific as well as the gear scientists use to capture and record interactions, behaviors, and other information about marine species and their habitats in and around Hawaii.

 

The biggest hit was Erin’s ocean safety suit demonstration – as part of at-sea survival training, Lynker marine scientists like Erin must be able to put on these life-saving suits in less than one minute. Everyone at the event will definitely need more practice!

 

Erin said, “I basically explained my job as a Lynker observer. It was a blast!” Lynker believes it is never too early to inspire the next generation of marine scientists!

Hydrophone Retrieval for the Hawaiian Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

HIHWNMS Research Specialist Eden Zang (contractor with Lynker Technologies) and UH Manoa recovered three acoustic recorders in the waters off Maui and Kauai. The recorders had been deployed since November/December 2018. These passive acoustic recorder packages were deployed in order to study the presence and distribution of humpback whales in sanctuary waters.
Great work Eden!

U.S. Coral Reef Task Force – Translating Resilience-based Management from Theory to Practice in Hawaii

Lynker is at the forefront of helping local marine coastal managers understand how to apply resilience-building tools to better predict coral reef health, climate change impacts, and bleaching events. These invaluable inputs will enable managers to improve methods for protecting herbivorous fishes through herbivore management areas – and how they could repurpose and/or refine existing management strategies to accommodate long-term resilience building.

Our team led an in-depth assessment of global guidance on coral reef resilience and distilled it into specific recommendations for local managers looking to improve resilience in Hawaii. Working in collaboration with researchers, policy makers, and managers, we helped develop design principles for the strategic placement of a herbivore management area network as a resilience-building tools. We modified existing principles from the design of no-take area networks and then applied the guidance to a case study in the Main Hawaiian Islands. As a final step, we used Hawaii-specific design principles to lead a spatial analysis, which identified specific areas within west Hawaii and Maui Nui where a herbivore management areas could lead to greater resilience.

Lynker Awarded First Two ProTech Fisheries Domain Task Orders

Lynker is the awardee of the first two task orders under the ProTech Fisheries Domain vehicle. Lynker will support multiple requirements for NMFS Sustainable Fisheries, Division, and Protected Species Division, and West Coast Region under these new awards, valued at approximately $9 million over 5 years.

Lynker is proud to serve NOAA Fisheries and excited for this opportunity to add value early in the ProTech Fisheries Domain.

Lynker Awarded NOAA Office for Coastal Management Contract

Lynker is proud to have launched on March 1, 2019, a new contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management (OCM).

Under this wide-ranging contract, Lynker is supporting NOAA’s efforts to provide products and services in four principal areas of marine and coastal conservation:

  1. Federal and state combined coastal management policy implementation through the National Coastal Zone Management partnership
  2. Estuarine science and conservation through the National Estuarine Research Reserve program
  3. Coral reef science and conservation efforts under the Coral Reef Conservation Program
  4. Coastal management data, tools, and training for user communities under the new Digital Coast Partnership.

Our employees are located throughout the coastal U.S. and Territories, with the highest concentration in Charleston, South Carolina.

We are proud to serve the lifecycle needs of NOAA and OCM, focused on providing outstanding science and geospatial services, learning and training services, information generation and distribution, policy and planning support, coastal stewardship, business operations, and regional office coordination that helps ensure the vitality, sustainability, and value of our nation’s coastlines, coastal waterways, and ecosystems.

Lynker Observers in Action – Oikonos Research in Seabird Bycatch Mitigation

Lynker’s Pacific Islands Region Observer Program (PIROP) is a direct contributor to the success of a multi-year program to reduce seabird bycatch in the Pacific. For the past decade, PIROP has played an instrumental role in collecting data and specimens on seabird interactions in Hawaii, the Greater Pacific, and off the coasts of Central and Southern California. The Oikonos team recently met with our observers to share how they have used information collected, and the value it has added in scientific research and fisheries management.  They are VERY thankful for the hard work our observers have done in support of their research.

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Oikonos Seabird Bycatch Necropsy Program

Oikonos NOAA Necropsy Program Final 2018 Report

Lynker Supports National Marine Mammal Foundation Outreach

Lynker’s Elise Kohli serves as the National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF’s) Volunteer Outreach Coordinator, assisting in marine science education programs that reach K-12 students throughout the San Diego metro area.

One program of particular note is Animal Helpers, which is a collaboration between NMMF and Girl Scouts San Diego.

The objective of Animal Helpers is to educate students on training and care, specific to marine mammals. Elise helped design and give a series of workshops that presented ways that people can help animals, and animals can also help people. She connected with the Scouts and other stakeholders focusing on the unique connection between humans and animals and how animals can keep people safe and provide emotional support.

Along with other NMMF staff, Elise helped create and give a series of short presentations about NMMF’s work, as well as met with  STEM professionals to discuss future opportunities for collaboration and outreach. The events also featured interactive play with a gecko, a dog, and a hawk.

 

Historical & Cultural Seascape of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument: A Story Map

Lynker’s Joey Bennington-Castro and Jess Tuifagu developed a StoryMap of thePacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM), working with Kupu Hawaii (www.kupuhawaii.org) interns to create an interactive journey into the collective heritage of this unique marine protected area, highlighting the connectivity that weaves the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument’s early historical and cultural seascape.

The PRIMNM—encompassing Wake, Johnston and Palmyra Atolls; Kingman Reef; and Howland, Baker, and Jarvis Islands—is one of the largest marine protected areas in the world and is especially unique because of its remote and widespread distribution across the central Pacific Ocean. Understanding the historical and cultural value of the PRIMNM is a priority focus for monument managers developing the PRIMNM management plan and also helps engage the global audience with this expansive seascape.

As lifecycle vendor for NOAA Fisheries and Sanctuaries in the Pacific Islands Region, Lynker is proud to have the opportunity to support cross-NOAA initiatives such as this one, which helps foster a deeper understanding of how people interacted and connected with each atoll, reef, and island of the PRIMNM before the onset of World War II.

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Lynker Wins NOAA ProTech Oceans Contract!

Lynker is proud to be a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Professional and Technical Services Oceans Domain contract (ProTech-Oceans) awardee.  We now hold both the ProTech Oceans and ProTech Fish multiple award task order contracts as a small business HubZone vendor.  Under the ProTech Oceans contract, Lynker is eligible to compete for task orders supporting primarily NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS). Services offered range from marine and coastal studies, analyses and reports; applied research, engineering, consulting and operations; field sampling, data collection and surveys; consulting, program and project management; and capacity building.  Lynker is well positioned to perform ProTech Ocean work in all U.S. coastal regions including territories in the Pacific and Caribbean.  Our contract began in January 2019 and the task order ordering period goes through January 2024.

Lynker helps emerging Native Hawaiian maritime leaders chart their courses

On February 17, Lynker’s PMNM Native Hawaiian Program Specialist Kalani Quiocho and Permit Specialist Pua Borges met with Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy’s (KVA) Hālau Holomoana program participants to talk about their personal career paths and the various careers at NOAA.  The KVA is a non-profit organization that aims to perpetuate traditional Hawaiian navigation and provides educational leadership opportunities for primarily Native Hawaiian and local students to advance in contemporary maritime careers. Hālau Holomoana, a Native Hawaiian culture- and wa‘a- (traditional outrigger canoe) based maritime vocational program for high school students seeks to develop leaders educated in the rich maritime and voyaging cultural heritage of their ancestors.

For more information, contact Kalani Quiocho, kalani.quiocho@noaa.gov ; or Pua.Borges, pua.borges@noaa.gov.

Significance: Traditional Hawaiian non-instrument voyaging is part of the living culture of Papahānaumokuākea, the most advanced navigation training seascape in Hawaiʻi, and we have the opportunity to support an emerging generation of ocean stewards from these islands.