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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.

Vessel Maintenance Program Development

Lynker developed a web-based application Vessel Maintenance Program (VMP) to manage National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) vessel maintenance related information, enforce the maintenance workflow, and provide communication tools for the boat operation/maintenance team within regional boat operation teams as well as across the NMFS. The VMP was developed in Oracle Application Express (APEX), a web application platform with the Oracle database management system and is hosted from the NOAA headquarter office.

The VMP system features were created to support 5 main objectives:

  1. Effective and efficient communication
  2. Automated notifications
  3. Management tool for resource managers and maintenance managers
  4. Standardized data and workflow
  5. User-friendly design

The development of VMP at the national level is motivated by an effort to provide boat operation management teams with tools to keep track of maintenance information, offer easily accessible communicative tools, and to create standardized workflow, protocols and reporting systems for resource managers.

Pacific Islands Region Observer Program Support

Lynker provides the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Pacific Islands Region, full operational support services for the Pacific Islands Region Observer Program (PIROP), including the recruitment, selection, supervision, and outfitting of all sea-going personnel needed to fulfill federal fisheries obligations of the program. The PIROP currently includes the Hawaii deep-set tuna and shallow-set swordfish longline fleets, and the longline fleets of American Samoa. We support NMFS’ obligation to monitor and to obtain estimates of the incidental take of sea turtles, sea birds, marine mammals, other protected species, and other by-catch in the pelagic, groundfish and other fisheries that fall under federal jurisdiction. We provide observer coverage aboard vessels with federal fishing permits as required by the “reasonable and prudent measures” (RPMs) and terms and conditions of the Incidental Take Statement (ITS) of the NMFS biological opinion on the effects on federally-listed threatened and endangered species of pelagic fisheries managed under the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Pelagic Fisheries of the Western Pacific Region. 

 

GIS Support for Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Lynker provides outstanding program, outreach and education, and operational support for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). Our GIS Specialists manage thousands of data layers representing physical and biological data for the ocean. We use data compiled by local, state and federal agencies as well as stakeholders and ensure that the data has the necessary metadata so that we can track the origin and data caveats. We validate the data by overlaying it on other data to ensure management decisions are based on the right spatial and temporal scales. When outliers are identified, we contact the creator of the GIS data to ensure that it is correct.

Often, we receive data that is not GIS ready and we create GIS data layers and corresponding metadata so that the data can be viewed with other GIS data. When large novel products are completed, we present the GIS processing aspect of the project at international meetings and/or develop peer-reviewed articles with ESRI story maps which are important communication and outreach tools engaging our stakeholders. We have also created ArcGIS online data projects for staff to use which provides them with power to look at spatial data.

Within the Sanctuary system, all other permit coordinators have to rely on GIS specialists for spatial analyses and mapping but we have staff that can quickly create a wide variety of GIS products in support of permits, which makes it much more time efficient and correct. As part of the team that conducted a deep sea lost fishing gear removal project, and in addition to successfully identifying locations where the gear could be found by incorporating GIS data created from database data received from partners, we were able to utilize the ROV navigating system within a few hours, making Lynker a valuable team member ONMS.

PIRO Directorate for Communications Support and Website Redesign

Lynker supports the Directorate for Communications by working closely with the PIRO Communications and External Affairs Officer and communications team to design, produce, and coordinate media and messaging across multiple channels, including but not limited to:

  • graphic design/visualization
  • web/social media content development and distribution (fpir.gov, Facebook, Twitter)
  • scientific technical writing and editing
  • outreach and education efforts

Our team has been instrumental in updating and enhancing the PIRO Style Guide, driving the PIRO and PIFSC website redesign, and identifying opportunities for making the site more interactive through the use of streaming live and recorded audio/visual (e.g., Okeanos feeds), chat, maps, and other methods. Our team’s outstanding work was recognized both internally at NOAA as well as externally: we recently won 2018 Acquia Engage Award for our contribution to the website and content migration and enhancement effort.

We also serve as the Directorate’s primary technical writer and videographer. Our personnel’s articles and documentary shorts are regular feature stories in the NMFS Weekly Newsletter and NMFS website (fisheries.noaa.gov).

Announcing the New Lynker

Leesburg VA, December 18th, 2018: Lynker, a leader in solutions in geospatial, information technology, marine and coastal science, hydrology, conservation, and business process improvement, has rolled out a comprehensive re-branding initiative to reinvigorate the company’s image. The new branding, which is inclusive of all aspects of the brand’s visual identity, serves to strengthen Lynker’s vision: to be the company that customers want to work with, and the one employees want to work for.

Lynker was founded in 2007 and has continuously increased and updated its service offerings to match the rapidly changing needs of our customers. Looking forward, leadership has made several changes to better communicate Lynker’s identity, and position us to continue growth in the future:

  • Name – Lynker has changed our name away from Lynker Technologies, conveying our move to a more streamlined, contemporary brand. The shortened name serves to emphasize our role in serving as “the missing link,” bringing sophisticated solutions to our clients with our highly interconnected, communicative teams.
  • Branding – As we continue to build upon Lynker’s success, our corporate brand becomes more important. Our bold, modern new look highlights our industry expertise, with colors that communicate our work both in the natural world and the IT space. Further, the brand was built to communicate a culture of professional, highly-capable team members who understand how to navigate solutions on an individualized basis.
  • Logo – The Lynker brand refresh undertakes the big task of conveying who we are in a glance. With a commanding uppercase “L” follow by soft lowercase lettering, we wanted to convey strong leadership with an approachable feel. The blocks in our original logo have been condensed to symbolize a closer connection between them. As the bubbles of a fish, the markers on a GIS map, or the parts of an IT solution, our new logo is Lynker through and through.
  • Website – We have relaunched lynkertech.com as lynker.com. From colors to content, every corner of the site has been updated to reflect the look and feel of the new brand. The site was designed as an informational resource for all to enjoy, be they a potential employee, a potential client, or someone who just wants to learn more about what we do.

About Lynker

Lynker specializes in environmental consulting, scientific and technical services, and enterprise IT. Our continually expanding team operates in 18 states and stretches across every time zone in the Continental US and Pacific Islands. We combine scientific and engineering expertise with mature, results-driven processes and tools to achieve technically sound, cost effective solutions in geospatial, marine ocean, and coastal science and information, water and environmental resources, and integrated technology services. Lynker is a certified HUBZone business with offices in Leesburg VA, Boulder CO, and Oahu HI.

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!