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Puget Sound benefits from federal collaborative agreement

DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory formalizes agreement with NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center

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June 01, 2007 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. — More than one dozen representatives from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center formalized a collaborative research agreement today during a signing ceremony.

Scientists, staff and dignitaries commended the agreement as a vehicle that brings together two leading research institutions in an effort to better understand and protect the Puget Sound ecosystem and other marine resources in the Pacific Northwest.

"PNNL and the Northwest Fisheries Science Center have shared a productive and creative past in the marine sciences arena," said Rod Quinn, PNNL associate laboratory director. "Today’s agreement allows us to merge our complementary strengths to help protect the Puget Sound, a truly unique ecosystem."

Both PNNL and NWFSC have a long history of collaboration in the ocean and coastal sciences, and ongoing interests in investigating natural disturbances and man-made threats to the marine environment.

“Our complementary capabilities in biotechnology and environmental assessment,” said NWFSC’s Science and Research Director Dr. Usha Varanasi, “will help NOAA greatly expand its ability to address the multiple stressors in the Puget Sound.”

The joint agreement brings together some of the nation’s top scientists and will allow both laboratories to share state-of-the-art tools in fully equipped facilities located at PNNL’s Marine Research Operations in Sequim and PNNL’s main campus in Richland, as well as NWFSC’s Montlake Laboratory in Seattle.

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