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NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, U.S. Department of Commerce

Service Provider 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

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.

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