NOAA and the Smithsonian Institution announced in a recent press release a new memorandum of understanding at the Ocean Biodiversity Summit in Washington, D.C., that advances collaborative efforts to understand and conserve the biodiversity of the world’s ocean ecosystems. Hosted by NOAA and the Smithsonian, the Summit brought together leaders from across the country to discuss solutions to protect and sustain the nation’s ocean and coastal resources.

“Through expanded research and education opportunities, this new agreement leverages the combined strengths of NOAA and the Smithsonian to help partners and communities better understand, measure and monitor the incredible biodiversity of our shared ocean, and take action to address risks facing ocean ecosystems,” said Sarah Kapnick, Ph.D., NOAA Chief Scientist. “Our ocean and marine life are critical for the environmental and economic health of communities across the country. This partnership will help conserve and restore these valuable resources for the benefit of all Americans.”

“Every ecosystem on Earth relies on a healthy ocean, and the Smithsonian and NOAA share a passion for working with communities to preserve this rich and critically important resource,” said Ellen Stofan, Under Secretary for Science and Research at the Smithsonian. “By combining NOAA’s leadership in ocean research with the Smithsonian’s scientific, educational and cultural expertise, we plan to work together to create a more sustainable planet for all living things.”

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