NOAA Honors Stevens with 2006 Special Recognition Award

June 5, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today presented Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) with a lifetime achievement award at its first annual Marine Stewardship and Sustainability Awards ceremony.  Stevens received the Special Recognition Award, which honors leadership in the sustainable management of living marine resources.

NOAA chose to recognize Stevens because of his instrumental role in developing the laws that form the basis of U.S. fisheries management and marine conservation efforts. 

“It is a privilege to be included in this distinguished group of honorees,” he said.  “Our nation has come a long way from the days when Warren Magnuson and I first set out to address the sustainability of our fisheries.  Today, 30 years later, the Senate is considering the seventh reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which includes provisions that will promote the sustainable use of marine resources in both domestic and international waters.  It is my hope this bill will lay the foundation for 30 more years of successful fisheries management.”

NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, ensures the nation’s economic security and safety through weather and climate-related research and environmental stewardship of our coastal and marine resources.  NOAA established the Marine Stewardship and Sustainability Awards to recognize organizations and individuals that have contributed to the sustainable management of living marine resources.  The awards are administered by NOAA Fisheries Service.