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

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.

Lynker Wins NOAA ProTech Weather Contract!

Lynker is proud to be a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Professional and Technical Services (ProTech) Weather Domain contract awardee. We now hold the ProTech Weather, ProTech Oceans, and ProTech Fish multiple award task order contracts.

Lynker Attends First Annual Nic ECO at Duke!

Lynker HR attended Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment first annual Nic ECO (Explore Career Options) event last week. We met a lot of talented students interested in a career in the environmental field. We identified exciting potential candidates that Lynker is looking for to fill internships and full-time openings in the future.

 

NOAA Fisheries’ ESA & MMPA Programs Receives Award

The US Secretary of Commerce recognized NOAA Fisheries’ ESA and MMPA programs with a Gold Medal Award for their contribution to regulatory efficiencies and effectiveness in protecting and sustaining at-risk marine and ocean living resources. The Department of Commerce Gold Medal is the highest honor award of the United States Department of Commerce.  Since 1949, the Gold Medal is presented by the Secretary of Commerce for distinguished performance. Particularly noted, Lynker’s Dean-Lorenz Szumylo spearheaded the implementation of the ESA Section 7 Mapper, an interactive, GIS-driven visualization tool NOAA scientists, federal action agencies, and the general public use to help identify ESA-listed species and critical habitats along the East Coast.  Dean was previously awarded NMFS Team Member of the Year for his efforts regarding this tool.

The innovative Mapper tool provides a dynamic web interface used to locate areas where Section 7 Consultations are recommended due to the presence of ESA-listed fish, marine mammals, or sea turtles at various life stages, exhibiting specific behaviors (such as migrating, foraging, spawning, rearing, or calving). The Mapper currently covers consultation areas along major waterways and marine zones of the Greater Atlantic Region and is expanding to include the South Atlantic and Eastern Gulf of Mexico later this year. The tool allows users to draw a project site on a map, determine which consultation areas overlap, and generate a detailed report of ESA species found there. In addition to greatly expediting the process of determining whether further consultation with NOAA Fisheries is necessary, the tool has reduced the number of unnecessary consultation requests received and has improved the quality, accuracy, and reliability of data needed to support regulatory compliance.

Version 2 is now out and represents a major update to the underlying Section 7 Consultation Area data. In the new version of the mapper, users now have increased control over the map display.  They can toggle individual data layers on and off, rearrange the drawing order of data layers, and use a new tool that easily allows them to “swipe” away the data to view the underlying basemap.

Lynker Presented at Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference 2019

Lynker presented and was a sponsor for the Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference 2019 last week. Lynker’s Dr. Aggett and Dr. Wlostowski presented on the impacts of climate change on watershed health and processes. Dr. Aggett also co-presented a one-day workshop on Fluvial Hazard Zone Mapping.

Lynker Recognized for Our Substantial Market Growth

Lynker is pleased to announce that we’ve ranked as one of the 75 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the Washington region in 2019 by the Washington Business Journal once again! “We are excited to be recognized again for our substantial growth,” said CEO Joe Linza. “We pride ourselves in finding the right people for the right jobs to best serve our clients. ”

Washington Business Journal
2019 Fastest Growing Companies

Lynker Supports PRiMO Conference in American Samoa to Help Protect Pacific Islands From Natural Hazards

Lynker staff flew to American Samoa last week to support the PRiMO (Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana) Conference and bring together community leaders to protect Pacific Island communities from natural hazards.

For more information check out the official conference page on NOAA’s website