Lynker Business Focussed Posts. Announcements about awarded contracts, awards Lynker won, special projects Lynker is doing, etc.

Lynker Project Now Also Benefits At-Risk Community

As this year’s bottomfish fishery-independent survey comes to a close, the fishermen participating in the survey have met the challenges of the pandemic to once again produce an incredibly robust data set. The bottomfish caught during the survey which are highly prized by local community are normally provided as bio-samples to the life history staff at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center for use in the fishery stock assessment, but only the otoliths (bones in the ears that can be used to determine age) and the gonads are all that is necessary for analysis while the fillets are discarded. In an effort to give back to the community in some small way, Lynker has piloted a program to donate the fillets from bottomfish bio-samples to help feed the local community, which has become a case study in ‘ohana’. 

Our first bottomfish donation (about 20 lbs of mixed opakapaka, ehu, kalekale and hapu’upu’u fillets) was caught on Nathan Abe’s boat, Ride On, while surveying off of the Big Island. The fish were shipped to Oahu, and delivered to Ashley Watts, owner of the sustainable seafood distribution non-profit, Local I’a (Local I’a | Community Supported Fishery | Hawaii). Ashley’s fish cutter, Rodel, then filleted the fish at the commercial kitchen Ashley shares with Ed Kenny’s (Ed Kenney) Mud Hen Water restaurant and donated to Ka’iulani Odom, program manager for Kokua Kalihi Valley (https://www.kkv.net/) which provides meals and organic produce to local at-risk seniors (among many other groups).

This level of cooperation serves as a reminder of the connectedness of communities in the Islands, and that we really are “all in this together”. Many thanks to the cooperative research fishers, the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center’s lead, Ben Richards, and the Pacific Islands Fisheries Group’s Clay Tam for supporting this pilot as well as Local I’a and Kokua Kalihi Valley for their inspirational commitment to the community. 

Ashley Watts (Local I’a) and Ka’iulani Odom (KKV) with the donated bottomfish fillets (above), Ashley Watts holds a donated Opakapaka while Rodel processes the donated fish (right)

“Great job! Forest ties to the project in terms of benefits beyond the science is huge in putting this project at a whole different level from others. As benefits from the project go direct to helping /feeding our island community! ” – Clay Tam.

Lynker’s Port Coordinator, Forest O’Neill, with a nice Opakapaka!

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.

Hydrologic Manuscript Published and Available!

Lynker is proud to announce the recent publication of “Signatures of Hydrologic Function Across the Critical Zone Observatory Network”, written by our Water Resources Scientist, Dr. Adam Wlostowki and his outstanding team of coauthors. This study characterizes hydrologic dynamics of fifteen catchments of the US Critical Zone Observatory Network where it’s hypothesized that our understanding of subsurface structure would illuminate patterns of hydrologic partitioning.  For the link to the early view of the manuscript in the Water Resources Research Journal, click here:

 https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019WR026635

 

 

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 Wins GARFO IT Support Contract!

Lynker won the re-compete of our Greater Atlantic Fisheries Regional Office (GARFO) IT
Support contract. This continues our support of this important office and is
a direct result of our staff and their dedication to the success of GARFO. Our efforts support
the GARFO Technology and Data Management (TDM) division, which is responsible for providing
technical support for approximately 250 internal and many external customers (fisheries
management councils, states, other fishery management groups, and commercial fishing
industry users). Our data management, web development, mobile application development,
and help desk staff supports all of GARFO’s sites on the Eastern Seaboard Maine to North
Carolina and external customers in the fishing management and fishing communities.

Lynker at Aquaculture Americas 2020

Lynker employees Bill O’Toole, Emily Bruton, Luke Brantley, and Mark Tagal attended the Aquaculture America 2020 national conference and exposition in early February 2020. There were over 150 exhibitors and 70 plus sessions covering the latest trends in global aquaculture and burgeoning technologies driving the field. Among the many associations, societies, and companies present, some of innovative ideas put forward regarded native Hawaiian fishing practices, NOAA entanglement simulators, and emerging techniques for micro-algae production.

Lynker is also a key partner to HATCH (hatch.blue) an international accelerator program designed to help aquaculture innovators promote their solutions to customers around the world. Lynker is working with HATCH and the National Energy Laboratory (NELHA) of Hawaii in the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology park (HOST) to support ongoing research efforts and assist in bringing them to market.

For more information, please contact Liz Tarquin, Lynker VP for our Marine, Ocean, and Coastal Science and Information Group.