In September, ERT was awarded the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Environmental, Scientific, Technical and other Mission Support Services contract through our NOAA SciTech vehicle. This includes three tasks valued at $60M, including technical and management support for more than 200 individual environmental restoration and conservation projects nationwide. This contract directly supports the NOAA Office of Habitat Conservation (OHC). OHC interacts with NOAA/NMFS regional offices to manage, conserve, and enhance habitats for fishery resources, protected species, and other living marine resources, and is the focal point for marine and estuarine habitat restoration within NOAA.
The Restoration Center (RC), a division of OHC, performs coastal habitat restoration pursuant to federal legislation and improves the state of restoration ecology and habitat management, and is responsible for restoring degraded habitats, advancing the science of coastal habitat restoration, transferring restoration technologies to other agencies and practitioners, and fostering habitat stewardship and a conservation ethic. Major efforts include Gulf of Mexico coastal restoration in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, barrier island and wetland construction, dam removals to improve fish migration and restore ecosystems, coral reef protection, and cleanup of industrial waterways. ERT began the transition of 14 several key incumbent staff immediately upon contract award and we are planning for a second wave of approximately 45 staff to transition in the Spring of 2013. The phased transition and operations of this contract are being overseen by Tony Maranto (PM) and Neil Jones (DPM). The OHC contract represents an important win at NOAA and is a significant expansion of our current work for NMFS which already includes support of the Office of Sustainable Fisheries and the National Seafood Inspection Laboratory.