WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sam Farr (D-Carmel) and Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska), co-chairs of the House Oceans Caucus, today introduced H. Res 324, a bipartisan congressional resolution calling for the week of September 22, 2013 to be designated as “National Marine Technology Week” in recognition of the important contributions marine technology has made in the United States.  The resolution coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Marine Technology Society and the OCEANS 2013 conference in San Diego.

“The use of marine technology reduces the destruction inflicted by natural disasters, protects fragile ecosystems from environmental damage caused by pollution, and fosters a better understanding of our marine world, all while providing a needed boost to local economies,” said Congressman Farr. “By designating a National Marine Technology Week, hopefully more people will become aware of how we all benefit from investments made in marine technology.”

Marine technology is a valuable tool in the management of our ocean economy. Nationally, the ocean economy contributes $258 billion to our country’s GDP and is responsible for over 2.77 million jobs. In Congressman Farr’s home state of California, the ocean is responsible for $40.1 billion of the state’s economy and almost 475,000 jobs.  In Congressman Young’s state of Alaska, those numbers are $10.6 billion and almost 50,000 respectively.

“Alaska relies heavily on a vibrant marine technology industry, and I am proud to co-sponsor this resolution designating a week in September to recognize the contributions of this vital industry,” said Congressman Young.  “National Marine Technology Week will help facilitate a broader understanding of the relevance of ocean technology to wider global issues while also helping to advance the development of the tools and procedures required to explore and study our vast oceans.”

The resolution was introduced to coincide with the Marine Technology Society’s 50th Anniversary. MST launched in 1963 as scientific society of engineers, academicians, business leaders, and scientists all involved in the advancement of technologies that dovetail directly with the oceans; and especially in the areas of energy and environmental technologies.  In September, MTS will join with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Oceanic Engineering Society (IEEE/OES) to host the OCEANS 2013 conference in San Diego. The conference will bring engineers, scientists, academicians, business leaders, and government officials from all over the world to meet on ocean policies and technologies.

The full text of the resolutions can be read at http://1.usa.gov/1bPD4fi.

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