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

Lynker Participates in the First-Ever Fautasi Heritage Symposium

In early April 2019, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) Native Hawaiian Program Specialist Kalani Quiocho (pictured far right, with symposium participants) visited American Samoa to support and participate in the first-ever Fautasi Heritage Symposium, co-hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS) and the American Samoa Historic Preservation Office, which was held a the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center.

The two-day symposium highlighted Samoan heritage of the fautasi watercraft and included perspectives about Hawaiian canoe heritage to carry an overall message that the canoe is the vessel that contains our cultural values and continues to empower our communities in the Pacific.

Through this exchange, and having culture at the forefront, PMNM and NMSAS staff were able to discuss ways that our sites could support one another and experience firsthand by meeting with NMSAS partners such as the National Park of American Samoa and the village community of Aunuʻu Island, which is part of the NMSAS Aunuʻu Sanctuary Unit.

For more information, contact Kalani.Quiocho@noaa.gov , Native Hawaiian Program Specialist.

Significance: Fautasi heritage in American Samoa is part of a larger cultural seascape that is rooted in Pacific Island traditions that allow our communities to access healthy and sustainable pathways for people and place. Through these collaborative site exchanges we connect to our vast ocean heritage.

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 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 Presents Independent Study of Pebble Mine Dam Failure

On Friday, March 1st, Dr. Cameron Wobus presented findings to the Commercial Fisherman for Bristol Bay from a Pebble Mine Tailings Dam Failure analysis that was conducted by Lynker. The study was developed after report scoping documents indicated there was likely to be inadequate tailings dam failure scenarios considered in the Army Corps of Engineers Draft Environmental Impact Statement. In all scenarios analyzed by Lynker, a tailings dam failure would directly impact hundreds of miles of anadromous waters.

Hydrologist Dr. Cameron Wobus is a broadly trained earth scientist with approximately 15 years of experience in geomorphology, hydrology, and environmental data analysis and modeling.

 

Dr. Wobus’ complete presentation can be found here. The Commercial Fisherman for Bristol Bay have also posted a recording of the presentation.

West Coast Region Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program

Lynker works with NOAA’s Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program to coordinate emergency responses to sick, injured, distressed, or dead marine mammals throughout an area covering over 3,700 statute miles (4,306 nautical miles) of shoreline in Washington, Oregon and California.  Member groups include cooperating scientific investigators and institutions, wildlife and fisheries agencies, state and federal law enforcement, volunteer networks and individuals.  In this high profile role, we ensure timely and professional response to hotline calls, and collect and assess data on entanglements, ship strikes, and other human interactions.  Affected by human impacts, fisheries and environmental changes, each marine mammal stranding event is handled on a case-by-case basis and is dependent on local capability, available resources, personnel, and logistics.

Alaska Fisheries Science Center Groundfish Assessment Program

For the Alaska Fisheries Science Center‘s Resource Assessment and Conservation and Engineering (RACE) Division, Lynker’s senior scientists assess deep-sea coral and sponge communities via at-sea investigations, image analysis and taxonomic research and their role in providing Essential Fish Habitat to groundfish and invertebrates. Our scientists also investigate species interactions and associations, the types of impacts fishing gear can have on benthic habitats and habitat related factors that influence fisheries productivity. In collaboration with our colleagues at NOAA, Lynker helps RACE measure the distribution and abundance of commercially important fish and crab stocks in the eastern Bering Sea, Aleutian Island and Gulf of Alaska, resources estimated at nearly $4.5 billion a year.

Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Comprehensive Support

Lynker provides comprehensive scientific, technical, and programmatic support to the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) Pacific Islands Region (PIR). Our team supports the management, administrative, education and outreach, scientific research, information technology, and facilities maintenance requirements for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (HIHWNMS), headquartered in the Inouye Regional Center in Honolulu, HI, with key locations (including a visitors’ center) in Kihei, Maui, HI and Lihue, Kauai, HI.  Our team also provides such support services to the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS), headquartered in Pago Pago, American Samoa with seven sites spread over three

 islands and two atolls, the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center; the Papahānaumokuākea National Marine Sanctuary and Monument (PNMS/PMNM)headquartered in the Inouye Regional Center in Honolulu, HI with an office in Lihue, Kauai, HI and the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center in Hilo, Hawai‘i Island, HI; and the ONMS International MPA Capacity Building Program (IMPACBP), located in Silver Spring, MD.