NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, U.S. Department of Commerce
Data Center Description
The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office (NCBO) was established in 1992 to provide a focus for NOAA?s multiple capabilities and activities in the Chesapeake Bay and with the multi-state/Federal partnership that comprises the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP), which is administered by the EPA. NCBO is co-located with the CBP in Annapolis, Maryland, and its staff coordinate and collaborate with CBP partners on a daily basis. NOAA has been a federal partner of the Chesapeake Bay Program since the signing of an MOU with EPA in 1984.
NCBO's function is to represent all NOAA line offices, including National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), the National Ocean Service (NOS), the National Weather Service (NWS), and the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), and to provide a clear focal point within NOAA for Chesapeake Bay initiatives, involve all relevant NOAA entities in Bay restoration efforts, manage peer-reviewed NCBO-funded research, and to strengthen NOAA?s interactions with Chesapeake Bay partners.
In addition to the NOAA employees in Annapolis, NCBO draws on the talents of numerous NOAA employees working on Chesapeake Bay issues but not located in the NCBO office. The staff located in NCBO focus on work ranging from stock assessment and other fisheries management-related activities, ecosystem management, habitat, including community-based, restoration activities, fish passage, atmospheric deposition, remote sensing, data analysis, and information management systems.
NOAA employees participate on relevant CBP committees, subcommittees, and workgroups, including the Implementation Committee, the Science and Technical Advisory Committee, the Federal Agencies Advisory Committee, the Living Resources, Air, Information Management, Modeling, Monitoring, Budget, and Communication and Education subcommittees. NCBO staff chair the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Effects Committee and the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee.
Through the goals and commitments of the Chesapeake 2000 Agreement, the CBP is moving away from single fish species management toward ecosystem or multispecies fisheries management efforts, and is looking to NOAA, through NCBO, to take the leadership and guide the partnership in that new direction. Other major commitments to restore historical levels of oyster production, restore living resource habitats, submerged aquatic vegetation, and assess the threat of introduction of nonindigenous invasive species will all require a strong NOAA/NCBO involvement.